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Manassas National Battlefield Park

Unfinished Railroad Cut

Unfinished railroad cut (45K)

Image: Unfinished railroad cut. This is a photograph of the unfinished railroad cut, as it appears today. The line of Major General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was centered in this area. This picture looks northeast along the old railroad cut. Although eroded over the years, the cut is still visible.

2nd Manassas: At the beginning of the Second Battle of Manassas, Jackson's line extended across a front about a mile and a half long. It extended from the Sudley Church near Sudley Springs Ford to a position about three-quarters of a mile southwest of this photograph. The railroad cut was used as a ready-made trench, protecting Jackson's corps of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia from repeated attacks by Pope's Union Army of Virginia. This allowed Jackson to hold out against overwhelming odds until Pope's army was hit in the flank by the corps of Maj. Gen. James Longstreet.

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