Tarheels During the Civil War

Monday, June 1, 2009

Return To Bull Run

Just finished reading John J. Hennessy's excellent book on the Second Manassas Campaign, Return To Bull Run: The Campaign and Battle of Second Manassas,http://www.amazon.com/Return-Bull-Run-Campaign-Manassas/dp/080613187X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1243879988&sr=8-1. It covers the complete campaign, from Lee and Pope's showdown on the Rappahannock River to Cedar Mountain to Brawners Farm to Second Manassas to Ox Hill. In regards to North Carolina troops participation, it is light on details, but makes especial mention of the parts played mainly by Branch's Brigade (7th, 18th, 28th, 33rd, and 37th NCT) and Pender's Brigade (16th, 22nd, 34th, and 38th NCT). Both Pender and Branch were part of A.P. Hill's Light Division of Jackson's wing during the campaign. Branch was posted on the left of Jackson's line at the unfinished railroad, and was to the left rear of Maxcy Gregg's Brigade, who were heavily engaged on August 29th, 1862. Branch, as well as Pender were required to bolster portions of Hill's front line during the several assaults by Federal forces. As mentioned above, while not going into minute detail of North Carolinians participation, Hennessy does emphasize the importance played mainly by Pender and Branch in helping to sustain Hill's line on the unfinished railroad. The best book on the campaign that I have read and a must have.

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