Jackson at First Manassas

James N.

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I've just returned from my first visit to Manassas National Battlefield Park since these photos were taken now approaching twenty years ago; for a fresh look, please visit:

http://civilwartalk.com/threads/first-manassas-a-visit-to-matthews-hill.116325/#post-1173474

http://civilwartalk.com/threads/return-to-henry-house-hill.116354/#post-1173433
 

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Great bump!! Thanks James N.!!

I know First Manassas doesn't get the same attention as a Gettysburg, Shiloh, or Antietam, but the battle was tremendously significant, in my opinion. I can't begin to imagine what an impact this had on the morale and beliefs of everyone involved, or the civilians in both Richmond and Washington D.C.
 

James N.

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Great bump!! Thanks James N.!!

I know First Manassas doesn't get the same attention as a Gettysburg, Shiloh, or Antietam, but the battle was tremendously significant, in my opinion. I can't begin to imagine what an impact this had on the morale and beliefs of everyone involved, or the civilians in both Richmond and Washington D.C.

I think in hindsight it probably has to do with relative size when compared with the later battles. There were only 20,000 or so engaged on either side, which is only about the size of a single one of Lee's three corps at Gettysburg. Of course McClellan's, Burnside's, Hooker's, and Grant's later 100,000+ armies dwarf McDowell's puny 30-35,000 total. At the time in 1861 these numbers and related losses seemed cataclysmic, but that would all be put in perspective soon enough by Shiloh.
 
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