Portrait of Robert E. Lee

The Battle of Manassas Gap was the final engagement Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Gettysburg Campaign. [Wikimedia Commons]

Battle of Manassas Gap Facts

July 23, 1863

The Battle of Manassas, also known as the Battle of Wapping Heights, was fought on July 23, 1863, in Warren County, Virginia. It was the last engagement of the Gettysburg Campaign.

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Also Known As

  • The Battle of Wapping Heights

Date and Location

  • July 23, 1863
  • Warren County, Virginia

Campaign

Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

  • Major General Richard H. Anderson
  • Major General Robert E. Rodes

Union Forces Engaged

  • Army of the Potomac (3rd Corps)

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Army of Northern Virginia (Anderson’s Division, Rodes’s Division)

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Undetermined

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Undetermined

Estimated Combined Casualties

  • 440 (killed, wounded, or captured)

Result

  • Inconclusive

Significance

  • Although Union troops forced the Confederate defenders off of Wapping Heights and prevented them from taking possession of Manassas Gap at the Battle of Manassas Gap, they failed in their attempt to cut off Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s retreating Army of Northern Virginia.
  • Following the Army of Northern Virginia’s escape after the Battle of Manassas Gap, Union General George G. Meade abandoned any further pursuit of the retreating Confederate army, thus ending the Gettysburg Campaign.

Timeline of the Gettysburg Campaign

These are the main battles and events of the Gettysburg Campaign in order.

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Citation Information

The following information is provided for citations.

  • Article Title Battle of Manassas Gap Facts
  • Coverage July 23, 1863
  • Author
  • Keywords Battle of Manassas Gap, Battle of Wapping Heights, Gettysburg Campaign, Robert E. Lee
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date July 27, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 14, 2021
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