A Student of History

August 17, 2012

Sesquicentennial of the Second Battle of Manassas

Filed under: Historic Places,Wars — John Maass @ 6:53 am

Sesquicentennial of the Second Battle of Manassas:
Commemorative Program Schedule August 25 – September 2, 2012

“The 5th Texas, Second Manassas, August 30, 1862″

Manassas will be commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Second Battle of Manassas with a series of special programs and events, beginning on August 25 and extending through September 2. Programs will include special tours highlighting significant events of the campaign and battle of Second Manassas, lectures covering topics related to the battle and the Civil War in 1862, and living history and historic weapons demonstrations.The programs will address a broad range of themes connected to the battle and its impact upon the course of the war and will appeal to the interests of Civil War enthusiasts as well as the general visiting public.The special events also include programs beyond the park boundaries in the local community, showing the historical ties between the battlefield and related sites in the Manassas area.

The campaign and battle of Second Manassas demonstrated the impact of an expanding war, both in terms of the size of the armies that fought here and in the numbers of casualties resulting from the battle.The campaign showed the effects of a widening Union war effort, resulting in increasing impacts upon civilians and consideration of emancipation as a war aim.The campaign also marked the rise of Robert E. Lee as a battlefield commander: his success at Second Manassas opened the opportunity to the Confederate army to carry the war into the North, leading directly to the Maryland Campaign and the Battle of Antietam.

 

August 25, 2012
In the Steps of “Stonewall” Jackson: Prelude to Second Manassas Bus Tour
On August 25, 2012, Manassas National Battlefield Park will be offering a special reservation-only bus tour following the approximate route that Maj. Gen. T. J. “Stonewall” Jackson’s Confederate forces covered on their historic 55-mile march to Manassas Junction. The tour is scheduled to coincide with the anniversary of the start of Jackson’s march on August 25, 1862. The two-day flank march around Maj. Gen. John Pope’s Union army cut the Union line of supply and communication with Washington and triggered the actions culminating in the Second Battle of Manassas.

The park bookstore is now accepting reservations for the bus tour. Reservations may be made by calling 703-361-6549, ext. 2. Seats are reserved on a first come basis at $50.00 each. The fee includes a box lunch.

Living History and Weapons Demonstrations
The annual commemoration of the second battle with living history portrayals of soldiers in an encampment of canvas tents. Units portrayed will include the 2nd U.S. Sharpshooters, the Black Hat Brigade’s 2nd Wisconsin, 5th New York Infantry (Duryee’s Zouaves), 4th Virginia Cavalry, 14th Tennessee, Confederate Military Forces, and “Manassas’s Own” Artillery. All living history events will take place at Brawner Farm (Tour Stop #1).

Artillery Firing: 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
Cavalry Demonstrations: 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Infantry Firing: 12:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m.

August 26, 2012
Thoroughfare Gap: A Walking Tour
This joint program, offered by Manassas National Battlefield Park and the Turn the Mill Around Campaign, focuses on the Battle of Thoroughfare Gap. The walking tour, led by park historian Jim Burgess, will last approximately 90 minutes and include a tour of the ruins of Chapman (Beverley) Mill. The program will begin at 3:00 p.m.

Manassas Junction and Its Railroads: From Union Lifeline to Confederate Prize

This joint program, offered by Manassas National Battlefield Park and the Manassas Museum, focuses on the significance of the junction during the Second Manassas Campaign. The one hour talk will be offered at the Manassas Museum (9101 Prince William Street) in downtown Manassas. 7:00 p.m.

Living History and Weapons Demonstrations
The annual commemoration of the second battle with living history portrayals of soldiers in an encampment of canvas tents. Units portrayed will include the 2nd U.S. Sharpshooters, the Black Hat Brigade’s 2nd Wisconsin, 5th New York Infantry (Duryee’s Zouaves), 4th Virginia Cavalry, 14th Tennessee, Confederate Military Forces, and “Manassas’s Own” Artillery. All living history events will take place at Brawner Farm (Tour Stop #1).

Artillery Firing: 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
Cavalry Demonstrations: 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Infantry Firing: 12:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m.

August 28, 2012
One hundred and fifty years to the day, August, 28, 2012 will witness a commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of Second Manassas, which raged over Manassas Plain near the bank of Bull Run on August 28-30, 1862.

7:00 p.m. Tour: Brawner Farm – The Battle Begins
Join a park historian for a guided walking tour tracing the opposing battle lines at the opening engagement of the Second Battle of Manassas. 90 minutes. Tour departs from the Brawner Farm Interpretive Center.

August 29, 2012
One hundred and fifty years to the day, August, 29, 2012 will witness a commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of Second Manassas, which raged over Manassas Plain near the bank of Bull Run on August 28-30, 1862.


10:00 a.m. Tour: Standoff at the Railroad
This walking tour focusing on the morning fighting near Sudley Church along the railroad grade on August 29. Tour departs from Sudley Church, near Tour Stop 5.

2:00 p.m. Tour: Breakthrough at the Railroad
Join a park historian for a walking tour covering the afternoon attacks on the Confederate along the Unfinished Railroad, detailing the brief success of Cuvier Grover’s brigade in breaking through the Confederate front. 90 minutes.Tour departs from Tour Stop 6.

4:00 p.m. Tour: Battling for the Rocky Knoll
This program details the desperate struggle along and behind the Unfinished Railroad during the late afternoon of August 29. 90 minutes. Tour departs from Sudley Church, near Tour Stop 5.

7:00 p.m. Tour: Clash at Groveton Crossroads
A walking tour covering the evening fighting at Groveton on August 29. 90 minutes. Tour departs from Tour Stop 9.

August 30, 2012

One hundred and fifty years to the day, August, 29, 2012 will witness a commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of Second Manassas, which raged over Manassas Plain near the bank of Bull Run on August 28-30, 1862.

11:00 a.m.: Tour: Robinson Farm: Behind Union Lines
This program covers the experiences of the James Robinson family, a free African-American family, during the Second Battle of Manassas. 60 minutes. Tour departs from the Visitor Center.

2:00 p.m. Tour: Slaughter at Deep Cut
This walking tour covers the largest Union assault during the battle, the afternoon attack of Fitz John Porter’s troops at the Deep Cut on August 30. 90 minutes. Tour departs from Tour Stop 7.

4:00 p.m. Tour: Counterattack at Chinn Ridge
A guided walking tour covering the massive Confederate counterattack leading to the climactic fighting of the battle. 90 minutes. Tour departs from Tour Stop 9, New York Monuments. (Tour concludes at Tour Stop 10, Chinn Ridge.)

7:00 p.m. Tour: Battling Until Sunset: The Struggle for Henry Hill
Join a park historian for a walking tour focusing on the final phase of fighting along the Manassas-Sudley Road and on Henry Hill. 90 minutes. Tour departs from the Visitor Center.


August 31, 2012

On the Battle Lines: Sudley Church at Second Manassas

This evening program features a guided walk along the Unfinished Railroad to key sites of the battle and to Sudley Church, offering insights into the impact of the war on the church and the surrounding rural community. Following the tour, Sudley United Methodist Church will offer a vespers service, beginning at 8:00 p.m. The vespers service will feature period music and a guest speaker. 90 minutes Tour departs from Sudley Church, near Tour Stop 5.


September 1, 2012

Second Manassas Lecture Series:
Lectures will be offered in the Visitor Center auditorium, to be followed by book signings adjacent to the park bookstore.

11:00 a.m. Alan Gaff Author of Brave Men’s Tears
1:00 p.m. Stephen Potter Editor of Archaeological Perspectives on the American Civil War
3:00 p.m. John Hennessy Author of Return to Bull Run: The Campaign and Battle of Second Manassas
7:.00 p.m. James I. Robertson, Jr Author of Stonewall Jackson: The Man, The Soldier, The Legend

Living History and Weapons Demonstrations
The annual commemoration of the second battle with living history portrayals of soldiers in an encampment of canvas tents. Units portrayed will include the 14th Tennessee and various Union regiments. All living history events will take place at Brawner Farm (Tour Stop #1).

Artillery Firing: 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
Cavalry Demonstrations: 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Infantry Firing: 12:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m.

September 2, 2012
Second Manassas Lecture Series:
Lectures will be offered in the Visitor Center auditorium, to be followed by book signings adjacent to the park bookstore.

11:00 a.m. Author TBA
1:00 p.m. Scott C. Patchan Author of Second Manassas: Longstreet’s Attack and the Struggle for Chinn Ridge
3:00 p.m. David Blight
Author of A Slave No More and American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era

Living History and Weapons Demonstrations
The annual commemoration of the second battle with living history portrayals of soldiers in an encampment of canvas tents. Units portrayed will include the 14th Tennessee and various Union regiments. All living history events will take place at Brawner Farm (Tour Stop #1).

Artillery Firing: 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
Cavalry Demonstrations: 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Infantry Firing: 12:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m.

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