Thursday, February 12, 2009

Battle of Bull Run on Henry Hill

A beautiful windy winter day in Manassas, VA led us to the Manassas Battlefield. Since we were short on time, we started in the Visitor's Center watching a 45 min movie on Henry Hill and the First Battle of Manassas, also known as the Battle of Bull Run. It was the first battle between the North and South.

We had some time before the movie started so we walked around the grounds of Henry Hill. Named after the Henry family. On July 21, 1861 Mrs. Judith Carter Henry old and bedridden was killed in her home during the battle. By day's end, 900 soldiers were also killed on Matthews Hill, Henry Hill and Chinn Ridge.

The house was damaged during the fighting and later used as firewood by soldiers. Mrs. Henry's children rebuilt the house after the war. Her son Isaac and sister are buried beside her in the small family cemetary. The Memorial was built for all those who died during the 1st Battle.