Henry Hill

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4 minutes, 10 seconds

Park Superintendent Brandon Bies describes the restoration of the Henry Hill landscape

 
Henry Hill during the Battle

"The pivotal engagement of the Battle of First Manassas occurred on Henry Hill. It was from a position along Henry Hill that General Thomas Jonathan Jackson earned the moniker “Stonewall” Jackson due to his resolute nature and ability to maintain the Confederate line. Judith Henry, the property owner, was killed during an intense firefight that engulfed her house, the only civilian death of the battle. The battle concluded as a Confederate victory." (Henry Hill Cultural Landscape Report)

Rehabilitation Project Overview

Manassas National Battlefield Park, through a grant provided by the National Park Foundation, is undertaking a major battlefield rehabilitation project, coinciding with 160th anniversary year of the First Battle of Manassas. This project will improve the cultural and natural landscape of Henry Hill, where key battle action occurred on July 21, 1861. Work will include the removal of a section of trees on Henry Hill while maintaining a riparian zone along a creek bed.

The removal of trees will return the historic viewshed from Henry Hill to Matthews Hill. In time, this project will allow visitors to explore and study a previously inaccessible area of Henry Hill.

Rehabilitation work will begin on June 7 and should be completed in July. The work is being completed with the help of a youth crew from the Appalachian Conservation Corps (ACC). Updates on the project will be posted weekly on the park's Facebook and Instagram pages.
 
Restored viewshed toward Matthews Hill
View looking north from Henry Hill towards Matthews Hill in the far distance, showing restored landscape in foreground

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Photo of park superintendent Brandon Bies and park staff along with Appalachian Conservation Corps crew
Photo of Park Superintendent Brandon Bies with Appalachian Conservation Corps crew

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Last updated: July 31, 2021

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