Flight of Doodle! broadside
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McDowell's ambitious plan for a surprise flank attack on the Confederate left was poorly executed by his officers and men. The Confederates, who had been planning to attack the Union left flank, found themselves at an initial disadvantage. Confederate reinforcements under Brig. General Joseph E. Johnston arrived from the Shenandoah Valley and the course of the battle quickly changed. A brigade of Virginians under Colonel Thomas J. Jackson, a relatively unknown officer from the Virginia Military Institute, stood their ground and Jackson received his nickname, "Stonewall Jackson". The Confederates then launched a strong counterattack, and as the Union troops began withdrawing under fire, many panicked and it turned into a rout.
It was at that battle, with such fierce fighting and many casualties, that both sides realized that this war would be much longer and bloodier than either had anticipated.
Source: Wikipedia contributors. "First Battle of Bull Run." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 21 May. 2013. Web. 21 May. 2013.
0.05 Linear Feet (a 14 verse poem about the First Battle of Manassas, with each Confederate state's performance in the battle making up the text of a stanza)
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