Thursday, August 6, 2015

Bull Run Aftermath - Harper's Weekly August 10, 1861

It took the editorialists and engravers at Harper's Weekly several issues to catch up with the Union defeat at Bull Run. Over the next few days we will be running some of the illustrations, which grew progressively more dramatic. This is from the issue dated August 10, 1861, and shows what looks like an orderly "retreat by moonlight." As the account by William Howard Russell in Our Man in Charleston makes clear, that was far from the case.

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