Re: Orienteering at Manassas this Sunday


Wondered if you would have a "string o" course.  At least that is what I think it is called.  It is for the younger people?

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From: "Jon"

QOC's next event will take place this Sunday, April 29, 2007 with
registration and starts offered from 12 to 2pm in Manassas National
Battlefield Park, VA.

Meet Director: Jim Chaplin
Course Setter: Daniel Heimgartner

Note: Jim will, as usual, need volunteers for this Sunday's meet. If
you can help him (which doesn't preclude also running a course) his
email is or he can be reached by phone at (703)

Meet notes:
Welcome to a fascinating site of both American history and
environmental restoration, the Stuart's Hill section of Manassas
Battlefield Park. As also mentioned on our map, Stuart's Hill, named
after Confederate Major General J.E.B. Stuart who oversaw artillery
facing the battlefields to the northeast off the western ridge on
this map, is also known as the headquarters of General Robert E. Lee
during the Second Battle of Ma nassas, August 28-30, 1862. In fact,
from this very area on August 30, Confederate Maj. Gen. James
Longstreet launched the largest simultaneous mass attack of the Civil
War, sending over 28,000 soldiers eastward to attack the left flank
of the Union forces destined to lose this battle. By the end
of `Second Manassas', over 100,000 soldiers had been engaged,
resulting in over 20,000 dead, wounded, or captured.

Despite this area's history, it was not part of the original National
Park. It was added only in 1988, after almost being turned into a
housing development and a shopping mall. As the years (and the
developer) had changed the land, the Park decided to restore Stuart's
Hill to its 1860's configuration. The plan for doing so was possible
due to a unique feature of the area's history: the court martial of
Union Maj. Gen. Fitz John Porter, for his actions during `Second
Manassas'. The charge brought by Union Commander John Pope was
insubordination, related primarily to Porter's actions on August 29,
1862. His defense was largely based on the presence of Longstreet's
Confederate forces in this very Stuart's Hill area - which he but not
Pope knew about and which Porter felt compelled him to ignore
Pope's orders to attack part of Lee's army. An Army board of review
was convened in 1878 to rehear the case and issued its findings in
1879, reversing the decision of the earlier court martial. For these
proceedings, the Army directed a cartographic engineer to map the
area, and the resulting documents include a detailed 1878 topographic
map almost good enough for orienteering and thus an excellent
picture of the land in 1862. These historic documents guided the
restorative work by the Park and the Smithsonian, much of it around
the meadows in the northeast section of this map. This work was
completed late in 2003. As you traverse this area, please keep in
mind the ghosts of the past and tread lightly, for their sake and
that of the restored landscape.

WHITE 1.3 km 8 controls
YELLOW 2.0 km 10 controls
ORANGE 4.1 km 7 controls
BROWN 3.6 km 7 controls
GREEN 6.3 km 13 controls
RED 8.0 km 15 controls

Please be aware that the park has a $3 user fee that can be paid
using honor boxes at the Groveton Picnic Area. We are not allowed to
collect money at the park, so we will be handing out payment
envelopes for you to mail us your map fee after the meet. Up to 1988,
this area was active farm land and there is still a lot of barbed
wire in the park, so please use caution when running.

Directions: From Route 66, take the 234 Bypass exit. Take the first
left onto Balls Ford Road. You will see Groveton Road on your left,
it "T" into Balls Ford. On Groveton, you will pass back over Route
66, and on the left just after you cross the bridge, you wi ll see the
entrance to the NPS Manassas Battlefield Groveton Picnic area.

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