In Aug. 1862, during the Second Battle of Manassas, Confederate Maj. Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's command occupied an unfinished railroad grade northeast of here, including "the Dump," a gap in the grade heaped with construction stone. On 30 Aug., the Federals attacked, the 24th New York Infantry almost broke through. Out of ammunition, Confederates there and at Deep Cut to the west, began hurling rocks. Some startled Federals threw stones back before retreating as Jackson reinforced his line. The Rock Fight became a Southern legend.
Date Approved by DHR: 09/09/03
Year On Marker: 2003
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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