McClellan is in Command Again! Three Cheers!

September 2, 1862 (Tuesday) While John Pope’s Union Army of Virginia beat a hasty path back into the defenses of Washington, the Federal capital was abuzz with rumors – some apparently spread by Pope’s rival, George McClellan. As McClellan’s Army of the Potomac was returning from their ill-fated tramp up and back down the VirginiaRead More

A Flank March, a Deluge and a Battle Almost Nobody Wanted

September 1, 1862 (Monday) General Robert E. Lee’s plan prior to the battle of Second Bull Run involved James Longstreet’s wing holding John Pope’s Union Army in place, while Stonewall Jackson’s wing swung around the Federal right flank. It was a good plan, fooling Pope and leading to a battlefield victory. But would it workRead More

Confusion and Denial Lead to Defeat at Second Manassas

August 30, 1862 (Saturday) General Robert E. Lee’s line at Manassas was silent and waiting. Over the night, he had contemplated an attack by James Longstreet’s men on the right, but decided to let his adversary, General John Pope, commanding the Union Army of Virginia, to make the first move. Like Lee, Pope was inactive,Read More

The Federal Confusion and Denial at Second Manassas

August 29, 1862 (Friday) Union General John Pope had misjudged his enemy. His objective was to keep two Confederate forces under Generals James Longstreet and Stonewall Jackson from combining. While Longstreet was ten miles to the west, Jackson was to Pope’s front, held up in an abandoned railroad cut upon the old Bull Run battlefield.Read More

The Armies Return to Bull Run; Jackson Waits as Pope Blunders

August 28, 1862 (Thursday) The sun rose upon utter confusion. The Union Army of Virginia, much like their commander, General John Pope, had been sluggish to react. A fresh corps under General Fitz John Porter was late in stepping off for Bristoe Station, scene of the previous day’s skirmish. Farther west, General Franz Sigel delayedRead More

Yankee Ineptitude Saves the Rebel Army from Destruction

August 27, 1862 (Wednesday) Stonewall Jackson was in trouble. He had swung around General John Pope’s right flank and hit both Bristoe Station and Manassas Junction, capturing troops, slaves, supplies, and artillery. With a force of 25,000, plus cavalry under Jeb Stuart, this was no mere raiding party – it was half of General Lee’sRead More

Jackson Sacks the Railroad While Pope Does Nothing

August 26, 1862 (Tuesday) General John Pope, commander of the Union Army of Virginia, wasn’t going to move. He knew that over 20,000 Confederates under Stonewall Jackson had left his front and moved around his right flank and rear towards Salem along the Manassas Gap Railroad. And still, he had no plans to leave theRead More

Men of African Descent Finally Allowed Enlistment in the Federal Army!

August 25, 1862 (Monday) Secretary of War Edwin Stanton knew that it was because of slavery that the South was able to wage a large scale war. The slaves constituted a large portion of their military strength. Of course, black men, free or slave, were not allowed to join either army. There were no blackRead More

Lee Orders a Bold and Dangerous Plan

August 24, 1862 (Sunday) General Franz Sigel, according to his own commander, General John Pope, was slow and stupid. The previous day, he did little to dispel that notion when he failed to attack an isolated Confederate brigade trapped on the north side of the overflowing Rappahannock River. The waters receded later the the eveningRead More

Lincoln’s Reply to Greeley Published: “If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it….”

August 23, 1862 (Saturday) President Abraham Lincoln’s reply to Horace Greeley’s “The Prayer of Twenty Millions,” first appeared in print for the public to read in Washington’s Daily National Intelligencer on this date. Greeley’s “Prayer,” was an open letter to the President, appearing in his New York Tribune on the 20th. In it, he explainsRead More