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To learn more about Prince William County, check out this Electronic Visitor’s Guide.

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Manassas National Battlefield Park, located in Virginia’s Prince William County, preserves the site of two major American Civil War battles: the First Battle of Bull Run (also known as First Battle of Manassas) on July 21, 1861, and the Second Battle of Bull Run (also known as Second Battle of Manassas) fought between August 28 and August 30, 1862.

Manassas National Battlefield Park

First Battle of Manassas

The First Battle of Manassas was the first major land battle of the Civil War and for many signaled the true start of the war. The Union army commander in Washington, Brigadier General Irvin McDowell, was pressured to begin campaigning before his men’s 90-day enlistments expired despite feeling the army was not yet adequately trained. This led to a stunning Confederate victory and ended all hopes of a quick end to the war.

The First Battle of Manassas can be explored by a one-mile, self-guided walking tour with interactive, interpretive signage.

Second Battle of Manassas

The Second Battle of Manassas was much larger in scale and in the number of casualties than the first Battle. It was a tremendous victory for Robert E. Lee and the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. Lee’s decision to strike before George McClellan’s Army of the Potomac could provide support to John Pope’s Army of Virginia resulted in a crushing defeat for the Union.

The Second Battle of Manassas has a thirteen-mile, self-guided driving tour (stops at various locations throughout the park). Additional interpretive loop trails lead to surviving landmarks at Manassas including the Dogan house, the Stone House; the unfinished railroad; and the stone bridge. Longer walking trails (5-6 miles) circle both the First Manassas and Second Manassas battle sites.

More Information

The Visitor Center and Museum provide park brochures, maps, electronic battle maps, displays of equipment and battle memorabilia, trail guides and a daily schedule of interpretive programs and ranger-lead tours.

For more information on visiting the park, see the Manassas Battlefield Park Website.

For more information on the battles that were fought here, visit the Civil War Trust Website.