150 Years Ago Today: Back where it started at Henry House Hill

As the sun sat 150 years ago today (August 30, 1862), Federals and Confederates fought over familiar terrain just southeast of the intersection of Sudley Road and Warrenton Turnpike.  Henry House Hill, perhaps better known for the fighting there during the First Manassas, was the site of the closing actions of the battle of Second Manassas.

The Federal line held that evening.  Under the cover of darkness, General John Pope, as he had done a couple other times in the month of August, slipped his army out of the trap.

Are there similar terrain features on other battlefields which witnessed as much fighting?  Sure.  Fleetwood Hill is at the top of my list.

Are there any that witnessed action in two major engagements?  Sure.  Perhaps several dozen we could name.

Are there any assaulted twice, in two separate major battles?  A handful.  Pritchard’s Hill at Kernstown comes to mind.  Confederate attackers failed to take the hill in the spring 1862 battle, but captured the position in the summer battle of 1864.

But…. Are there any that witnessed two failed assaults in two separate major battles?  One assault by each side?

Manassas 19 July 029

Henry House Hill proved a tough position to take, for both Federal and Confederate.  I wouldn’t say it was the most formidable defensive position of the war.  But statistically speaking, it was a good place to anchor a line.

Must have been something about the water of Young’s Branch.