Blackburn's Ford, Virginia

George Petropol, Manassas, Virginia
Alan M. Di Sciullo, Esq., Princeton Jct, NJ

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1. Battle of Blackburn's Ford - Wikipedia
2. Blackburn's Ford - Wikipedia
3. Battle Summary: Blackburn's Ford, VA
4. (pdf) Blackburn's Ford - National Park Service
5. Blackburn's Ford - Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority

On 16 July, 1861, the untried Union army under Brig. Gen. Irvin McDowell, 35,000 strong, marched out of the Washington defenses to give battle to the Confederate army, which was concentrated around the vital railroad junction at Manassas. The Confederate army, about 22,000 men, under the command of Brig. Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard, guarded the fords of Bull Run. On July 18, McDowell reached Centreville and pushed southwest, attempting to cross at Blackburnís Ford. He was repulsed. This action was a reconnaissance-in-force prior to the main event at Manassas/Bull Run. Because of this action, Union commander McDowell decided on the flanking maneuver he employed at First Manassas
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Blackburn's Ford
Photo by George Petropol


Enlarge Blackburn's Ford in 1862


(2012) Enlarge
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(2012) Enlarge Civil War Trails interpretive markers above Blackburn's Ford
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(2012) Enlarge Guarding the Fords
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