The Civil War Connections Blog

Picnic and panic

It seems like a nice day for an outing…pack a picnic lunch, watch a battle, and be back in Washington before it gets too late.

At 5:30 a.m., battle began at Manassas Junction, VA. While Federal troops initially saw some success against the Confederates, the Confederates rallied – and Thomas Jonathan Jackson added another name to the three he already had. Bernard Bee, attempting to rally the flagging Confederate line called out to the men, “There stands Jackson like a stone wall! Rally behind the Virginians!” Throughout the afternoon, fresh Confederate troops continued to arrive and by 4 p.m. the Federals were in retreat across Bull Run – but they found their way blocked by all of the sightseers. What wasat first an orderly retreat quickly became a panic.