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Mayfield Earthwork Fort

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8401 Quarry Road, Manassas, Virginia 20110
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Mayfield is one of a series of earthwork fortifications constructed in 1861 by the Confederates to defend the Manassas railroad junction. Located between Buckhall and Russia Branch tributaries of the Occoquan River, its strategic high ground and water resources made it advantageous for a Confederate fortification.

Today, the 11-acre site includes eight Civil War interpretive signs, foundation stone markers of the homestead owned by the Hooe family since the 1700s, a family cemetery, plus two “Quaker Guns” made of wood to resemble cannons in an attempt to trick the Union. The ruse worked since the Federals did not realize the forts were defenseless during the South’s evacuation in early 1862. After 1862, Union troops sporadically occupied the fort, and earthwork remains of a Union redoubt can be seen.

The site is open daily from dawn until dusk with no admission fee.

HISTORIC MANASSAS VISITOR CENTER 
AT THE TRAIN DEPOT
9431 West Street
Manassas, Virginia 20110
703-361-6599
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