Discussion Thoroughfare Gap

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zburkett

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I'm sure there are several "Thoroughfare Gaps" but that one looks like the one on 66 between Manassas and Front Royal. When I'm coming home from those times I've had to go to Northern Virginia or worse D.C. I will sometimes take the long way and drive through the Gap just to get the cold chills of reflecting on all the men who came the same way. What was it like to be one of Jackson's Foot Cavalry on the way to Manassas? What was it like to be a Yankee Soldier watching Jackson's Foot Cavalry come at you? Or be with Mosby, either as a rider or a prisoner, etc.?
 
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I'm sure there are several "Thoroughfare Gaps" but that one looks like the one on 66 between Manassas and Front Royal. When I'm coming home from those times I've had to go to Northern Virginia or worse D.C. I will sometimes take the long way and drive through the Gap just to get the cold chills of reflecting on all the men who came the same way. What was it like to be one of Jackson's Foot Cavalry on the way to Manassas? What was it like to be a Yankee Soldier watching Jackson's Foot Cavalry come at you? Or be with Mosby, either as a rider or a prisoner, etc.?
Yes, you are correct the town is some what larger today.
 

pfcjking

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I'm sure there are several "Thoroughfare Gaps" but that one looks like the one on 66 between Manassas and Front Royal. When I'm coming home from those times I've had to go to Northern Virginia or worse D.C. I will sometimes take the long way and drive through the Gap just to get the cold chills of reflecting on all the men who came the same way. What was it like to be one of Jackson's Foot Cavalry on the way to Manassas? What was it like to be a Yankee Soldier watching Jackson's Foot Cavalry come at you? Or be with Mosby, either as a rider or a prisoner, etc.?
That is the correct one, I assure you.

I lived in Front Royal for a year back in 05. That's a beautiful place.
 
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zburkett

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Actually I think you are both right. Thoroughfare Gap was one of the few places you could march an army through the mountains. As you drive toward it is easy to see its importance. In my post I was thinking of Manassas.
 
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