Living in an RV the last few months has afforded us the opportunity to visit many other Civil War sites to feed his curious mind and fill in facts about a critical period in our nations history. During a recent stay outside of Washington DC, we camped very near the Manassas National Battlefield Park - the site of the very first battle between the union and confederate armies on July 16, 1861. The two armies met here again the following year. In both instances, the union army had to withdraw across Bull Run Creek to escape destruction. The south referred to these battles as First and Second Manassas in reference to the Manassas train junction, while those in the north called them the First Battle of Bull Run and the Second Battle of Bull Run named after the creek the Union troops had to retreat across.
|Reconstructed bridge crossing Bull Run Creek|
|Is it just me or does this look like Superman's Dad on a horse?|
|Atop Matthew's Hill|
|From Matthew's Hill looking north toward the Stone House and crossroads|
|Statue of Stonewall Jackson on Matthew's Hill|
|Jonah pretending to load a cannon on Matthew's Hill|
|The Stone House where wounded soldiers were cared for|