This Day (Third Manassas Edition)

On this day in 1861, everyone was like, Whoa! Yesterday was a long day! Which is not unlike this day in 2011, at least for me, having spent yesterday touring Jamestown, Yorktown, and Williamsburg, and, quite honestly, getting my fill of people in tricornered hats. That being said, it was probably somewhat tougher on those who endured the First Battle of Manassas. Or, for that matter, the people who endured the 150th anniversary of the First Battle of Manassas. (Some events have even been canceled due to heat.)
As you can see from the lithograph above, the battle was a glorious, if at times chaotic, victory for Confederate forces, and once all the hard feelings had been straightened out post-Appomattox, one that both sides were happy to commemorate fifty years later. Below are some images from that half-a-centennial celebration in 1911.

Above: This was, perhaps, the law office in Manassas, with a sign that reads, “Veterans register and receive badges here.” I wonder where the reenactors were supposed to sign up.

Above: Two Confederate veterans shake hands, congratulating each other on … having survived? winning the battle but losing the war? still fitting into their uniforms?

Above: W. C. Round, a Confederate veteran with his badge, which reads, “I fought at the First Battle of Manassas and all I got was this stupid badge!”

Above: President William Howard Taft warms up the crowd with his famous “You might be a Confederate if …” routine. As in, “If you have a velvet painting of Robert E. Lee in your parlor, you might be a Confederate!” Jeers and cheers are heard from the crowd, and one old Reb yells out, “If you’ve ever worn a chamber pot as a hat while in Louisiana, you might be a Yankee!”

Above: Confederate and Union veterans pose together moments before a massive, beard-tugging brawl breaks out, Confederate reinforcements show up from the Valley, and the Grand Army of the Republic is sent scurrying back to D.C.


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  1. During the Second Battle of Manassas, in 1862, J.E.B. Stuart found that the piece of land called Monroe Heights, now known as Stuart’s Hill, would profit well for Robert E. Lee’s headquarters.From 1986 to 1988 this 540 acre tract of land neighboring to the Manassas National Battlefield Park captured the nation’s attention as battlefield land preservationists fought commercial developers over the fate of the goods. During this controversial period critical battlefield preservation issues were decided that remain relevant to current battlefield management policies and are applicable as “lessons learned” for other battlefield sites identified by the American Battlefield Protection Program as threatened.


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