Thursday, July 21, 2011

4:30 am: Both armies are stirring


Johnston gave his approval to Beauregard’s orders. Beauregard’s aides were told to deliver the copies they had made to each brigade headquarters. Things were beginning to happen. Longstreet had asked Jackson to send two regiments to Blackburn’s Ford for support, his soldier’s instincts telling him to be wary. Sure enough, Richardson was beginning to prepare artillery batteries at the Butler House on Centreville Road, where they had been so effective on July 18.

Warrenton Turnpike, West of Centreville

Burnside’s men were finally following Tyler’s down the Warrenton Turnpike, slowly but surely, the rest of the army behind them. In an era without daylight savings time, dawn was breaking.

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