Henry House The battlefield of the week for September 22 was Manassas. The bus was leaving at 8, so quite a few of us trudged down to The Lincoln Diner at 7, where we were not only joined by Cathy Bain, but Dr. and Mrs. Guelzo as well! We made it back in time to hit the road for Manassas at eight with our beloved Walt was at the wheel. The bus ride seemed long, but we survived to pull into the Manassas Visitor Center just past ten. After a brief welcome by park ranger Jim Burgess, we proceeded down Henry House Hill with our guide for the day Mr. Booz. We stopped at the Henry House where bloody fighting took place on the afternoon of July 21, 1861.  
We found ourselves in front of Rickett's Battery, where we learned how to distinguish the difference between a Parrott gun and a Napoleon.
Parrott Gun
Stone House
We proceeded down to the bottom of the hill, stopping at the famous Stone House. We learned the history of the house from Jim Burgess, who explained to us that the house was used as a hospital for both the First and Second Battles of Manassas. It was a fascinating old place.

After using the house for a group photo-op, we marched back up Henry House Hill. Yes, we marched, not walked. Mr. Booz made us hold rank in two lines as we slowly worked our way back up the incline. It was quite an ordeal, at least doubling the time it took us to climb the hill as compared to us simply walking up it. What was the purpose of marching up the hill? To give us a sense of how difficult it is to march and hold rank WITHOUT bullets flying at you. It was an effective lesson, to say the least. When we reached the top of the hill, we made our way across the open field to the tree line beyond. This area is believed to be where Stonewall Jackson staged his brigade during the fighting. We next visited Jackson's Superman statue, sitting proudly at the crest of the hill. It is no wonder that so many people think Jackson could have won the war single-handedly. With the size of the muscles on that statue, Jackson looked invincible. Another group photo in front of the statue was in order.

Jackson Monument

After a visit to one of the first monuments to find its way onto a battlefield, the tribute monument to combatants at the first battle, we made our way back up the hill for boxed lunches and book store raiding. The bookstore was well stocked, as proven by the fact that many of us once again walked away from it with additions for our collections. After this excursion, we made our way down to the Stone Bridge over Bull Run, which Union troops hastily retreated over at the end of the battle. John & Jeff checking out Dr. Guelzo's book 
Anna by the Stone Bridge 
Anna and Joe managed to touch Bull Run, thereby keeping their pact to touch the main waterway at every battlefield we visit. After the Stone Bridge, we boarded the bus and headed back to Gettysburg. We pulled into Gettysburg around five that evening, in plenty of time to enjoy the College's Annual Crab Fest! It was another wonderfully eventful day for the Semester. Next week is Antietam with Dennis Frye.