On to Washington
by Steve Payne
says: what if Confederate Commanders immediately followed-up the
victory at Bull Run? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post
do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
"The defeated [Union]
troops commenced pouring into Washington over the Long Bridge at daylight
on Monday, 22nd July. All the men with this coating of sweat and rain, now
recoiling back, pouring over the Long Bridge - a horrible march of twenty
miles, returning to Washington baffled, humiliated, panic-struck." ~
Walt Whitman July 23rd, 1861: amidst
the chaotic evacuation of the US Government from Washington City on this
day, US President Abraham Lincoln was shot dead by a deranged stage actor,
John Wilkes Booth (pictured, left).
Chaos had ensued the moment that defeated Union forces returned from the
Battle of Bull Run. Because in the first (and last) major land battle of
the American Civil War, General Irvin McDowell's Union forces had been
routed at Manassas Junction.
"We have whipped them! They ran like sheep!
Give me 5,000 fresh men and I will be in Washington City tomorrow!"
~ "Stonewall" Jackson
Worse was to come. Fast on the
heels of the defeated Union Army of Northeastern Virginia was an advance
force of five thousand Confederate troops led by "Stonewall"
Jackson, considered by many to be the architect of the victory at Bull
"Their hearts were not there. Their tents,
provisions, baggage, and letters from home were upon the banks of the
Potomac, and no power could have stopped them short of the camps they
had left less than a week before." ~ Captain James B. Fry
mid afternoon, a battery of rifled guns had been established on
Arlington Heights, and the first elements of the Army of North Virginia
were crossing the Long Bridge.
It was a far cry from the high hopes of US Congressmen who had taken
up the cry of: "On to Richmond!". Because the only one of them
who actually made it there, Alfred Ely of New York, did so as a
says, this explores some of the ideas of the ingenius book "How
the South Could Have Won the Civil War: the Fatal Errors that Led to
Confederate Defeat" by Bevin Alexander (2007) from where we have
repurposed considerable amounts of content to celebrate the author's
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