The four-day observance of the 150th anniversary of the First Battle of Manassas begins with a ceremony at the park tomorrow. But a new exhibit on the battle and Civil War opened this past Monday.
A number of noteworthy objects have been loaned to the park and are on display, including a Mexican Army officer’s sword belt plate that Thomas J. Jackson brought home as a trophy from the Mexican War, and, according to his widow, wore at First Manassas. For more information on the objects now on loan to the park, click here.
The First Battle of Manassas, which took place on July 21, 1861, shocked people with its size, severity and loss of life. Instead of being the “one battle” that would end the war as many on both sides thought, it became the costliest battle in U.S. history to that point. Many, many more would die over the next four more years, making the Civil War the deadliest of all wars for American soldiers.
An NPS Type 3 incident management team (Ed Wenschhof, IC) is managing the commemorative events, which will take place between Wednesday and Saturday. You can keep track of the First Manassas Sesquicentennial events and learn more about the First Battle of Manassas at the park’s web and social media sites: