Category Archives: First Manassas – Bull Run

Toasting Manassas from a Sickbed

From The New-York Times August 7, 1861: EX-PRESIDENT TYLER TAKES A DRINK. The Richmond Enquirer has this paragraph: “Ex-President TYLER (member of Congress) has been detained at his estate in Charles City County, by illness. We are glad to hear, … Continue reading

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Greetings from Gloucester Point!

OK, I admit it. When I read the title of this article my first thought was, “What are the rebels doing in Massachusetts?” That’s one advantage of being me – there’s always plenty of new stuff to learn. Gloucester Point … Continue reading

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Death by Cannon Ball

From a Seneca Falls, New York newspaper in 1861: Death of Another Volunteer We are pained to learn that CALVIN COLGROVE, a former resident of our village, was killed during the battle near Manassas on Sunday the 21st. For the … Continue reading

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Bull Run Brings Out Bears

Securities Down 4% on Wall Street From the Northern perspective, the first reports from the Battle of First Manassas (Bull Run) were positive. That all changed as the Confederates stopped the Union advance on Henry Hill cold. This piece details … Continue reading

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A Most “Instrumental” Brigade

General Thomas J. Jackson writes his wife about the First Battle of Bull Run, where Jackson earned the “Stonewall” nickname: Manassas, July 22d. My Precious Pet, — Yesterday we fought a great battle and gained a great victory, for which … Continue reading

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“the wounded jumped”

On July 21, 1861 Confederate forces at Manassas Junction, Virginia beat back and eventually routed the Union army at the First Battle of Bull Run. Here’s a Union participant’s letter to his parents ten days after the battle. From a … Continue reading

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Like Dan Rather at Tiananmen Square

If I had put down my TWO CENTS for a copy of The New-York Times 150 years ago today, I could have read a dispatch from a reporter with General McDowell’s Union army at Fairfax Court House. I’m assuming H.J.R., … Continue reading

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Made It To Martinsburg

What was the 19th New York Volunteer Infantry doing 150 years ago today? The drums beat an early reveille next morning. Blankets were hurriedly rolled up. ” Sling knapsacks,” commanded the Colonel. A long march being in prospect, some of … Continue reading

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Salt Pork and Hard Tack Shied at Telegraph Poles

These Guys Are throwing Food Away? The 19th New York Volunteer Infantry has been ordered to move from Washington, D.C. to the Shenandoah Valley to reinforce Union General Robert Patterson. On July 6, 1861 they loaded into freight cars and … Continue reading

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Hot Night Jammed in a Freight Car

We’ve been following the 19th NY Volunteer Infantry from the Cayuga County area of New York State. The regiment has been drilling at their encampment in the Kalorama area of the District of Columbia for about a month. That’s all … Continue reading

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