This past Friday (11/5) I made a quick trip to the Manassas National Battlefield Park to do some research for an upcoming installment of Collateral Damage. I met up with Ranger Jim Burgess and he helped me with some work in the park archives, then we met up with friend Craig Swain and headed to the northern end of the park boundary.
Among other sites, we visited the area where (it is likely) Sullivan Ballou’s body was recovered after its mutilation, burning, and reburial by the 21st Georgia (click the thumbs for larger images):
The Thornberry House, used as a hospital after both battles of Bull Run (the large tree to the left of the house in the second picture appears on the Barnard photo from 1862):
A trace of the original Sudley Road:
And Sudley Springs Ford over Catharpin (Little Bull) Run. This is the same view as in the Barnard photo Jim is holding – you can see the modern remains of the Springs on the opposite bank. Hunter’s division crossed Bull Run to the east at Sudley Ford, then crossed here to reach the battlefield:
Thanks so much to Jim Burgess for all the valuable assistance he has provided over the years – a good guy. Also thanks to Craig for his always valuable commentary. As a last bit of coolness, and much to Craig’s satisfaction, Jim took us down to the basement of the VC and showed us one of the original 200 lb Parrott shells from the Battle Monument. It turns out that these shells were live, and not discovered to be so until the monument’s renovations in the 1970’s. One of the disarmed shells survived (the shells had been de-fused but not disarmed as the black powder and case shot show):