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Second Manassas

Second Bull Run, Groveton, Brawner's Farm

August 28 - 30, 1862

Prince William County, Virginia

In order to draw Pope’s army into battle, Jackson ordered an attack on a Federal column that was passing across his front on the Warrenton Turnpike on August 28. The fighting at Brawner Farm lasted several hours and resulted in a stalemate. Pope became convinced that he had trapped Jackson and concentrated the bulk of his army against him. On August 29, Pope launched a series of assaults against Jackson’s position along an unfinished railroad grade. The attacks were repulsed with heavy casualties on both sides. At noon, Longstreet arrived on the field from Thoroughfare Gap and took position on Jackson’s right flank. On August 30, Pope renewed his attacks, seemingly unaware that Longstreet was on the field. When massed Confederate artillery devastated a Union assault by Fitz John Porter’s command, Longstreet’s wing of 28,000 men counterattacked in the largest, simultaneous mass assault of the war. The Union left flank was crushed and the army driven back to Bull Run. Only an effective Union rearguard action prevented a replay of the First Manassas disaster.
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John Pope at Second Manassas

No Match for Robert E. Lee

Historian Jeff Wert explores the contest between John Pope and Robert E. Lee at the Battle of Second Manassas

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Historian Brian Pohanka describes the bloody battle between the 5th New York and Hood's Texas Brigade at Second Manassas

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This battlefield was identified in our annual report History Under Siege™ in 2005 »  , and 2003 »


From the Deep Cut to Chinn Ridge, check out our collection of photos from the Second Manassas battlefield.

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Historian Ray Brown explores the intense fight between Fitz John Porter's Federals and Stonewall Jackson's Confederates at the Deep Cut at Second Manassas on August 30, 1862.

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Return to Bull Run

"Return to Bull Run: The Campaign and Battle of Second Manassas"
by John Hennessy

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"Second Manassas: Longstreet's Attack and the Struggle for Chinn Ridge"
by Scott Patchan

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