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Bring someone of another generation with you; space is limited.



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Manassas National Battlefield

6511 Sudley Rd, Manassas, VA 20109, USA


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The Cadet Conference was founded by Civil War Trust member Bob Briney with a generous donation from his estate.

Stand Like Stonewall at Manassas

Saturday, April 1 @ 1:15 pm

Manassas Battlefield, Virginia

Generations Event on Park Day

Help instill a lifelong passion for history by bringing your son, daughter, niece, neighbor or friend as we walk in the footsteps of Civil War soldiers. Help instill, as well, a passion for preservation by volunteering in the morning at Park Day (optional).

In the summer of 1861, many Americans thought that the Civil War would be a short and bloodless affair. But the Battle of Manassas/Bull Run put all of these suggestions to rest--it was the largest and bloodiest battle in American history, up to that time. Both sides attacked; both retreated, but due in part to the heroic stand of General Thomas Jackson on Henry Hill, the growing Confederate army prevailed. Within hours, Jackson’s actions earned him the nickname forever attached to him—Stonewall Jackson.

Share your passion for history with your child, niece, grandson or friends for this special “Generations” event, sponsored by the Civil War Trust and the National Park Service. Choose your side, get in line and march in the footsteps of your ancestors on the very ground where these and countless other human events transpired. Some lucky kids will even get to don the uniforms of their choice! As always, our "Cadet Conference" format employs hands-on activities and stresses teamwork, leadership, ethics and responsibility lessons as the fighting, photos and fascinating evolution of Manassas National Battlefield comes to life.


  • - Registration is required.
  • - The event is FREE and open to all who brings someone from another generation.
  • - The event will involve up to one-half mile of walking (although there are opportunities to limit this).
  • - Please wear appropriate footwear and be prepared for inclement weather.

Park Day:


  • 1:00pm to 1:15pmMeet at the Manassas National Battlefield Visitor Center parking area(See map »)
  • 1:15pmWelcome
  • 1:25pmSchool of the Soldier, choose your side
  • 1:45pmThe Battle for Henry Hill
  • 2:45pmKnow Your Battlefield
  • 3:15pmWrap up
  • 3:30pmProgram concludes

Resources at Home

Are you interested in learning a bit with your child, grandchild or friend at home before (or after) the event? Check out these resources:

Battle of Manassas (First Bull Run)


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