The first full day in Manassas begins with sunrise at Battery Heights. Battery Heights is a ridge that sits to the East of the main action during the second battle of Manassas (Bull Run) and to the West of the main action in the first battle of Manassas.
It was occupied for the first two days of the 2nd
Manassas battle by the Union forces. Captain Joseph Campbell's Battery B, 4th US Artillery deployed six cannon on this rise. Their work kept the Confederate batteries mostly silenced.
On the third day Captain William Chapman's Dixie Artillery occupied the hill starting in the afternoon. Chapman's four guns combined with 32 other cannons to repulse the Union attack on Stonewall Jackson who was holding his line just North of here at the Deep Cut of the unfinished railroad. The Dixie Artillery was able to shower the flank and rear of an already wavering Union force.
This was the beginning of the end for the North as they would soon retreat back to D.C. once again.
On this particular day I witnessed fog that became a ground mist. Keeping the enemy hidden. Allowing the souls of the fallen to move to cover before the sun breached the ridge.