Wetlands and Seeps
Over 200 acres of wetlands have been mapped at Manassas National Battlefield. This includes both forested and herbaceous wetlands. Some herbaceous wetlands are currently undergoing succession to forested wetland. In general, forest tree species composition changes slowly in response to hydrological alterations while herbaceous vegetative composition often responds quickly to hydrological change. Year to year variation in precipitation affects the boundaries of wet meadow wetlands.
Loomis, D.T. and K.E. Heffernan. 2003. Classification and Mapping of Wetlands at Manassas National Battlefield Park, Virginia: Brawner Farm and Matthews Hill Tracts. Natural Heritage Technical Report 03-21. Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of Natural Heritage, Richmond, VA. Unpublished report submitted to the National Park Service. 8 pp.
Did You Know?
Veterans of the First Battle of Bull Run celebrated the Manassas National Jubilee of Peace in 1911. The event commemorated the 50th anniversary of the battle, and was attended by thousands of people. President William H. Taft delivered the keynote address in downtown Manassas.