Monday, August 27, 2012

Live Blogging Second Manassas (or Bull Run, if you prefer)

Wherein you can live the worst decision of my blogging career

Good people, for the past month and a half I have been involved in an all-consuming project of creating hourly updates for the entirety of the second battle fought at the intersection of Route 29 and Sudley Road. Having carried out a similar exercise for the first, I thought this would be no big deal and there'd be plenty of time on the side to build the story lines through northern Virginia on this blog. I was wrong. This battle was much more complex, and amounted to 45,000 words to tell the story when all was said and done. Over the next few days, I submit it to you, hour-by-hour.

Some resources to guide you through:

For your key media needs, including maps, I recommend the Civil War Trust's website:

For a strategic overview, Wikipedia serves you well:

Wikipedia is again useful for both orders of battle:

In addition to the wonderful sources listed in the books section, many of which were used, invaluable assistance was provided by:
  • John Hennessy's Second Manassas Battlefield Map Study, available at the Manassas National Battlefield Park visitor's center, that comes with 16 nifty maps and served as my framework
  • Peter Cozzen's John Pope: A Life for the Nation, which like Cozzen's other books provides a remarkably fair look at someone history has justly written off. Just because history is right, doesn't mean the guy doesn't deserve a book. You can (and should) purchase it here, or at other fine book-selling establishments.
Make sure to read about the Battle of Kettle Run that acts as a prelude to this fight, and did a lot to influence how deployments were made on the first day, and occurred 150 years ago at the very moment I am posting this.

Lastly, due to important life events I am unable to provide the full linkage, cross referencing, and photo posting that a blogger should. I consider those events a lot more important and fun, plus I know everyone can use Google, so you're not Gouverneur Warren sitting along above Groveton.

I hope you enjoy.

1 comment:

  1. I am especially interested in the 2nd Louisiana at Second Manassas and the regiment's location(s) on August 30.
    New Mexico Guy