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Summer Lightning

A Guide to the Second Battle of Manassas

Matt Spruill III

Publication Year: 2013

From August 28 to August 30, 1862, Union and Confederate armies fought for the second time on the Manassas, Virginia, battlefield. The Battle of Second Manassas, or Second Bull Run, was the culmination of General Robert E. Lee’s campaign after the Seven Days to shift the fighting from the vicinity of Richmond to northern Virginia. Lee’s victory placed him in a position to carry the war north of the Potomac River and set the stage for the Maryland Campaign of 1862.
    Summer Lightning is a battlefield guide that sequentially follows the fighting from Brawner’s Farm on August 28 to the final Confederate attacks against Union positions at Henry Hill on August 30. Summer Lightning uses a series of twenty “stops” with multiple positions to guide the reader through the battlefield and to positions and routes used by both armies, thus providing a “you are there” view of the engagement.
    With easy-to-follow directions, detailed tactical maps, extensive eyewitness accounts, and editorial analysis, the reader is transported to the center of the action. A detailed order of battle for both armies is provided, as well as information on important sites away from the main battlefield.

Published by: The University of Tennessee Press

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-xii

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Introduction

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pp. xiii-xx

The year 1862, the first full year of the Civil War, was a period of highs and lows for the Union and the Confederacy.
In the west Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant seized the initiative in February and with Commodore Andrew Foote conducted a join army-navy operation that captured Fort Henry and Fort Donelson,...

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Chapter 1. Prelude: Maneuvering to Battle

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pp. 1-20

In May and June 1862, as Major General George McClellan’s Army of the Potomac advanced up the Virginia Peninsula toward Richmond, there were additional Union forces in central and western Virginia that were available to assist him. A force...

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Chapter 2. Thursday, August 28, 1862

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pp. 21-42

If you are traveling east or west on Interstate 66, take Exit 47 Henry Hill. Turn right onto this road, drive to the Visitor Center parking lot, and park. Before you begin your tour and study return to your car and retrace your route on the park road back pike and drive southwest for 1.7 miles to the park road on your ...

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Chapter 3. Friday, August 29, 1862

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pp. 43-138

On August 29, 1862, the fighting was driven by two major mistakes made by Major General John Pope. First, Pope believed that Jackson was attempting to retreat to the west and rejoin the rest of Lee’s army. Because of this he ordered a series of piecemeal attacks against Jackson’s position to hold him in ...

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Chapter 4. Saturday, August 30, 1862

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pp. 139-248

From this location you can see some of what the participants could see in 1862. The tree line and woods to your left and in front of you are about the same as they were then. However, there were no trees or woods to your immediate right for...

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Chapter 5. The Aftermath

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pp. 249-256

Lee’s victory at Second Manassas moved the center of the war in Virginia from the outskirts of Richmond to within twentyseven miles of Washington.
In the early summer of 1862, Union hopes of striking a decisive blow against the Confederacy in the East had been...

Appendix I: Union Order of Battle

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pp. 257-274

Appendix II: Confederate Order of Battle

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pp. 275-286

Appendix III: Casualties

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pp. 287-288

Appendix IV: August 30, 1862, South Flank Cavalry Engagement

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pp. 289-294

Appendix V: The Stone Bridge

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pp. 295-298

Appendix VI: August 28, 1862, Thoroughfare Gap

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pp. 299-308

Index

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pp. 309-324


E-ISBN-13: 9781621900269
E-ISBN-10: 1621900266
Print-ISBN-13: 9781572339989
Print-ISBN-10: 1572339985

Page Count: 344
Illustrations: 42 photos, 55 maps
Publication Year: 2013

Edition: 1
Series Editor Byline: John Smith, Will Wordsworth

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  • Bull Run, 2nd Battle of, Va., 1862.
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