The second Bull Run campaign, July-August 1862 by Martin

By Martin

Moment Bull Run (or moment Manassas, because it was once identified within the South) is taken into account via many to be the best instance of Robert E. Lee's tactical genius. It used to be additionally the ultimate humiliation for John Pope, the Union common who were individually chosen via Abraham Lincoln to come back East and lead the Union military to victory in northern Virginia. in the summertime of 1862, George McClellan’s Union military used to be slowed down east of Richmond. with the intention to holiday this stalemate, Union officers determined to create a brand new military in northern Virginia and ship it opposed to Richmond from the north. accomplice commander Robert E. Lee, clean from his expensive victory opposed to McClellan within the Seven Days conflict, mad a daring determination to possibility leaving McClellan in position so one can strike a decisive blow opposed to Pope’s new army.Second Bull Run was once the fruits of a chain of maneuvers in which Lee, Longstreet, Jackson and Stuart outmarched the bigger Union command and outgeneraled its pressured commanders. The book’s crusade procedure additionally indicates the connection of the culminating conflict to the similar battles at Cedar Mountain, Groveton and Chantilly. the second one Bull Run crusade comprises fourteen particularly commissioned maps by means of Paul Dangel, the main updated order of conflict to be had, and targeted sidebars on leaders, devices, incidents and controversies of the crusade. Connections among the 1st and moment Bull Run battles are tested, the battlefields as they're this present day are defined, and proposals for futher examine are made in a descriptive bibliography and reader’s advisor.

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One significant Union field commander, however, objected to the administration's change in attitude towards the prosecution of the war. On 7 July, George B. McClellan wrote Lincoln to say that war should not be made upon the Southern population. McClellan strongly felt that private property and the rights of citizens should be carefully guarded, even in the rebellious states. This opinion was clearly at variance with the administration's new policies, and helped deepen the widening schism between McClellan and the President.

Let us study the probable lines of retreat of our opponents, and leave our own to take care of themselves. Let us look before us and not behind. Success and glory are in the advance, disaster and shame lurk in the rear. " This circular was obviously intended to bolster the spirit of his men, but it met with quite diverse reactions. To some of the men in the ranks, Pope's words spoke of an aggressiveness they long desired. Some of his officers, however, saw the proclamation as only so much bombast.

McClellan let it be known that he intended to stay where he was and that he would renew his attack on Richmond as soon as he received heavy reinforcements (including Burnside's IX Corps from North Carolina). He also felt that it was imperative for Pope to move south at once in order to open up a secondary front to the north of Richmond, so relieving some of Lee's pressure on the Army of the Potomac. Pope was well aware of McClellan's desires as he penned his rival a lengthy letter on 4 July. After opening with the conciliatory note that "it is my earnest wish to cooperate in the heartiest and most energetic manner with you," Pope went on to explain the reasons that were preventing him from doing so.

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