Tag Archives: First Battle of Manassas

24 July 1861: “We fear that the reported death of Col. Fisher, of the Sixth Regiment of North Carolina State Troops, is only too true.”

Item description: A selection of articles from The Daily Journal (Wilmington, North Carolina) reporting on news from the First Battle of Bull Run (Manassas). Topics covered include the death of Colonel Charles F. Fisher, news reports from Richmond, actions by … Continue reading

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23 July 1861: “The bushes seemed to be alive with the rebels (judging from their firing for we never saw one of them at any time we were there) their first volley was the most murderous to us.”

Item description: Letter, 23 July 1861, from William Ray Wells, private in the 12th New York Infantry Regiment (“Onondaga Regiment”). In this letter wells describes his involvement in fighting near Centreville, Va., as part of the larger Battle of Bull … Continue reading

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22 July 1861: “I have been in a great & bloody battle & am wounded. Do not be at all alarmed…”

Item description: This letter, dated 22 July 1861, was written by Charles Hutson to his mother and father following the battle of Manassas. Hutson, recuperating from the wound he received, gives a vivid description of the first major battle of … Continue reading

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21 July 1861: “Retreat began between 4 & 5 P.M., I think, leaving a field strewn with dead and wounded as the troops streamed down the road past the church. I went out to find my horse.”

Item description: Entry, dated 21 July 1861, from the diary of Charles Carroll Gray, an assistant surgeon in the 2nd Regiment of the United States Cavalry (Regular Army) 11th New York Infantry Regiment. This entry gives a lengthy description of … Continue reading

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18 July 1861: “…it will be gloomy enough for me to see them come and know that you are left behind if you are…”

Item description: Letter from Lucinda M. [Hayne?] to her husband Albert B. Penno, a private in Company D of the 1st Regiment of Rhode Island Volunteers. The following words are written on the front of the envelope included with this … Continue reading

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