On 25 Aug. 1862, Maj. Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson with half of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia began a wide flanking march around Union Maj. Gen. John Pope's Army of Virginia on the Rappahannock River near Warrenton. Jackson first marched west toward the Shenandoah Valley, then turned back east to strike Pope's railroad supply and communication lines. On the afternoon of 26 Aug., Maj. Gen. J. E. B. Stuart joined Jackson near Gainesville to protect his right flank. Jackson next captured Bristoe Station on the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, and then Manassas Junction, in a prelude to the Second Battle of Manassas.
Geographic Location: Prince William County
Physical Description of Location: 14831 Lee Highway (Route 29), Gainesville, VA 20155. Marker is on right when traveling north on Route 29, in front of VDOT yard.
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