Visitor Center Museum Closed During Construction Project
The museum at the Henry Hill Visitor Center is closed due to the installation of a fire protection system in the exhibit area. The visitor center and gift shop remain open daily and the park film is shown hourly. More »
Pre and Post Visit Activities
"EYEWITNESS TO HISTORY"
Use this activity to prepare students for their field trip. Several years ago the park produced a 12-min. video that provides a good overview to the First Battle of Manassas. Produced in VHS format only (no DVDs), these tapes were sent to all Northern Virginia area schools and libraries for checkout. The park retained a limited number of copies for loan (first-come, first-serve). If interested, please contacting the park Visitor Center at (703) 361-1339 x1205 or send an inquiry to: email us
"A CALL TO ARMS"
Through a study of the 27th Virginia Infantry, this pre-visit lesson takes a look at who joined the Union and Confederate armies and why. The focus of this lesson is on the motives for enlistment, origins/backgrounds of the soldiers and effects upon the communities from which they came.
The name cards for the 27th Virginia are designed to be printed on Avery #5389 Laser Post Cards (4" x 6"). The enlistment certificate is actually a copy of a standard Union enlistment form.
"RALLY ‘ROUND THE FLAG, BOYS!"
SCAVENGER HUNT WORKSHEET
This worksheet will be used by students when exploring the park museum. Students will work in groups of two or three.
"THE WAR GOES ON!"
This post-visit activity is directly tied to the "A Call to Arms" activity. Using primary source documents, this lesson takes a look at the soldiers during and particularly after the war. This lesson also studies the effects of the war on the communities from which these men came.
The cards for this activity are designed to be printed on Avery #5389 Laser Post Cards (4" x 6").
Student Activity Guide
The student activity guide contains many of the activities found in "Baptism of Fire." If using this activity guide independently of "Baptism of Fire," consider the following:
Did You Know?
Congressman Alfred Ely, representing upstate New York, was captured by pursuing Confederates during the retreat after First Manassas. Ely spent five months in Libby Prison in Richmond, before being released. He returned to Washington and published an account of his experience the following year.