Yesterday I found several articles on Facebook announcing the discovery of a Surgeons Burial Pit at Manassas. As the article will explain this is the first discovery of this type of site, and it’s importance. Without the preservation of these land this sacred site would have more than likely, considering it’s location, been lost for ever. I’m not sure where the pit is located at Manassas and my bet is that it won’t revealed anytime soon. One source stated that the pit was in the vicinity of the Deep Cut further back in the Federal lines.
The graves and remains of fallen hero’s lie in the ground at these sites and need to be protected for ever. Too many have been bulldozed and desecrated.
One of our members has a personal interest in this battle. Brooks Lyles LCol (R) USA is a descendent of Capt John Penn who commanded the 42nd VA during the fighting at the Deep Cut. Less than a month later Penn would lose a leg during the fighting in the West Woods at Sharpsburg.
The general area of the “Deep Cut” is marked in black on the map.