Second Manassas 1862: Robert E Lee’s greatest victory by John P. Langellier

By John P. Langellier

Osprey's exam of the culminating conflict of the yankee Civil struggle (1861-1865). "There by no means used to be the sort of crusade, now not even by way of Napoleon" wrote accomplice basic Pender of the second one Manassas crusade within which the gray-bearded Virginian, Robert E Lee, got here as shut as he ever might to exterminating his Northern enemies. In so doing, Lee validated himself because the South's pre-eminent army commander and the military of Northern Virginia as it's strongest weapon. The combating in northern Virginia left Union normal John Pope's occupation in tatters and proved the South was once an influence to be reckoned with. This book's robust account demonstrates that in that fateful summer time of 1862 Lee's squaddies have been struggling with for whatever yet a misplaced cause.

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Taliaferro, advanced. Gibbon was forced to withdraw the 19th, but the Indianians were able to slow Taliaferro's Third Brigade. The attack ceased, as darkness and exhaustion brought an end to the fighting. A private from the 2nd Wisconsin, Nathaniel Rollins, summed up the trying events of that 28 August. " He continued: "For an hour and fifteen minutes the most terrific fire imaginable was kept up; the hill top, the valley, and the wooded side of the hill beyond was a continuous sheet of flame. 00pm, however, Gibbon and Doubleday agreed that it was time to make an orderly withdrawal.

00pm, when Trimble, aided by these reinforcements, launched a spirited attack on the Federal brigade, which had forded the river. Trimble drove back the Union troops in confusion. A third crossing, in pursuit of information, was made by Confederate cavalry, infantry, and artillery at Fant's Ford, but they soon retired, having gained little intelligence from this reconnaissance. Elsewhere, when Jackson reached the river opposite Sulphur Springs, and found the ford unguarded, he at once began moving his troops to the other side.

Apparently concerned by his lack of information about Longstreet, he wanted to regroup his own forces while considering what to do next. 39 As a result of Stuart's 22-23 August raid on Catlett's Station, debris still littered the ground when Union troops returned to reoccupy the site. NA 40 Still desiring to strike a telling blow at Pope before McClellan's main body could reach him, Lee ordered divisions from Richmond under John C. H. Hill, which had been withheld as a safeguard in case McClellan attempted another assault on the capital.

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