The Battle of Bull Run. A History Perspectives Book by Martin Gitlin

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What would a newspaper reporter write about this scene? What details might he have noticed? 30 Glossary abolish (uh-BAH-lish) to officially end something, such as slavery amputate (AM-pyuh-tate) to cut off someone’s limb, finger, or other body part artillery (ahr-TIL-uh-ree) large and powerful guns, such as cannons brigade (bri-GAYD) a unit of an army carnage (KAHR-nij) the killing of many people column (KOL-uhm) line of soldiers moving in the same direction Confederate (kuhn-FED-ur-uht) having to do with the group of 11 states that declared it was independent during the Civil War flank (FLANGK) the far right or left side of a group of soldiers maneuver (muh-NOO-ver) the movement of a military group to a certain position musket (MUHSS-kit) a gun with a long barrel used by soldiers before and during the Civil War Union (YOON-yuhn) the states that remained loyal to the federal government during the Civil War Learn More Further Reading Bolotin, Norman.

Learned of the Confederate victory. But they did not panic at the sight of the retreating soldiers. They simply returned to Washington, DC. That is where I am now, back at my newspaper office. I spoke to many citizens and soldiers during the retreat. They were all scared. I am scared. We thought this morning that the Union troops would be on their way to Richmond by now. We thought the war was going to be over in a matter of a few weeks. But now it looks like the South is strong enough to fight for years and perhaps even win the war.

How are they different? How are they the same? learned of the Confederate victory. But they did not panic at the sight of the retreating soldiers. They simply returned to Washington, DC. That is where I am now, back at my newspaper office. I spoke to many citizens and soldiers during the retreat. They were all scared. I am scared. We thought this morning that the Union troops would be on their way to Richmond by now. We thought the war was going to be over in a matter of a few weeks. But now it looks like the South is strong enough to fight for years and perhaps even win the war.

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