Reflecting on the 160th of Manassas…
One of my fondest take-aways from Jack Davis’s Battle at Bull Run was learning that Manassas came from a Jewish merchant, Manassa–whose home site came to be called Manassa’s Gap.
Manasseh, by the way, was the 14th King of Judah, who reigned 55 years (2 Kings 21:1).
Colonel Bartow, of course, fell on July 21, 1861. In November ’61 Cass County representatives introduced a bill in the Georgia General Assembly to change the name to Bartow County. It passed the legislature in ’62. The same bill changed the county seat, Cassville, to Manassas. But after Sherman’s men burned the town, Manassas didn’t stick. The county seat is now at Cartersville, but the county name remains Bartow.
Learning to live, and living to learn!