Manassas National Battlefield Park

New York Monuments

10th New York Monument (40K)

Image 1: 10th New York Monument. Monument to the 10th New York Infantry regiment.

5th New York Monument (32K)

Image 2: 5th New York Monument. Monument to the 5th New York Infantry Zouave regiment.

2nd Manassas: On the afternoon of August 30, 1862, the Union Fifth Corps of Major General Fitz John Porter assaulted the Left Wing of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia commanded by Maj. Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. After the assault was repulsed, Porter's corps was hit in the flank by the Right Wing of the Confederate army under the command of Maj. Gen. James Longstreet.

On the ridge occupied by Porter's corps was a single brigade, that of Colonel Gouvernor K. Warren of Brigadier General George Sykes 2nd Division of Porter's corps. The brigade consisted of the 5th and 10th New York Regiments. There were no other Union regiments for a quarter of a mile.

The brigade tried to stop Longstreet's juggernaut. This futile defense resulted in a slaughter. The 10th New York took the first casualties, but was shattered by sheer weight of numbers. The 5th New York took 100 casualties in the first two minutes, and had 123 men killed in ten minutes. The regiment started the battle with over 500 men. About 60 answered the roll call the next day; the rest were killed, missing, or wounded.

These photographs were taken in May, 1999 with a Nikon F-601 autofocus SLR, using a Nikkor 24mm - 50mm f2.8 wide angle zoom lens. The images were captured on Kodak Gold 200 film.