Tag: first manassas

  • Blackford’s baptism of fire at Manassas

    For Blackford, the deciding moment came with the secession of Virginia on April 17, 1861. Like many other Southern Unionists like John Mosby, Jubal Early, and Robert E. Lee, Blackford threw in his lot with the new Confederacy, taking his company, the Barbour Greys, to Richmond. There they were assigned to the 5th Alabama Infantry. […]

  • Civil War Book Review: The Battle of First Bull Run: An Illustrated Atlas and Battlefield Guide

    Hines, Blaikie. The Battle of First Bull Run Manassas Campaign – July 16-22, 1861: An Illustrated Atlas and Battlefield Guide. (American Patriot Press, 2011). 224 pages, over 500 photos and illustrations, 82 maps, bibliography, index. ISBN: 978-1-61364-129-3 $39.50 (Oversized Paperback). Battle atlases are some of my favorite Civil War books.  Well done maps which accentuate […]

  • Civil War on the Web

    A day or two late, but here’s something about Tarheels at Manassas. About 300 Forsyth County men gathered 150 years ago today to fight in the Battle of Bull Run, when Confederate forces defeated Union troops in the first major engagement of the Civil War. But most of those local soldiers didn’t see much action, […]

  • The Bull Run Experts…and Bull Run Books

    As any Civil War buff worth their salt knows, today marks the 150th Anniversary of the first Battle of Bull Run (or Manassas for folks of the Southern persuasion).  Normally I’d have some angle on the battle for an anniversary of this magnitude, but life gets in the way sometimes. First, if you’re interested in […]