A Walk Back 150 Years

150 years ago today two American armies clashed on the fields near a railroad junction named Manassas.  I could not pass a chance to walk that hallowed ground on my way to work this morning.

I drove down, crossing Bull Run at Gum Springs Road, about as close as one might get by vehicle to the Sudley Springs Ford today.  Not wishing to brave the traffic where Sudley Road meets Lee Highway (or Warrenton Pike for those in a 150 year time warp), I stopped at Sudley Springs Church and Matthews Hill.  From there I walked the trail to Buck Hill.  Here are some photos I took along the way.

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Sudley Springs Church


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Sudley Road


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Misty Morning on Matthews Hill


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Looking from Matthews Hill at Henry Hill


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Guns in the Morning Sunlight


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Matthews Hill from the Southern Approach


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Traffic on Sudley Road


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Stone House and Henry Hill

As you can see, heavy traffic this morning.  I would not call it abnormal for the battlefield, just heavy.  I’ve seen it this bad on other days.

My walk was between 7:30 and 8:15 AM.  Temperatures were already over 80 degrees.  No winds and a lingering morning mist – heat index sure to be high.

I’ve posted all the photos from the morning walk on my Flickr page.  Might head back out there this evening.  If not, I’ll certainly be out there this weekend.

Published by Craig Swain

"Historical marker hunter" and Civil War enthusiast.

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