I note that today is the sesquicentennial anniversary of the first day of the Second Battle of Bull Run (or Second Manassas to the more southern-minded among my fellow port swillers).  I invite you to nip over to the Civil War Daily Gazette for a detailed description of this fight, which I have remarked here more than once does not seem to get the same kind of attention as, say, Antietam or Gettysburg or Fredericksburg.   Odd, that, considering that it was Lee’s first major offensive battle and, in my humble opinion, perhaps his most solid tactical victory.

I also invite you again, if you’re interested in these things, to read John J. Hennessy’s Return To Bull Run: The Campaign and Battle of Second Manassas, a very thorough but eminently readable account of the matter.