Scott Patchan’s The Second Battle at Manassas, A Campaign Study
September 5-9, 2018
A BGES Civil War Field University Program
With Scott Patchan from Warrenton, VA
The Union advantage in manpower was evident early in the Civil War and after the success of Major General Stonewall Jackson's 1862 Valley Campaign, Lincoln determined to consolidate forces in and around Washington and the Shenandoah Valley. The creation of the Army of Virginia brought Major General John Pope from the west where he had enjoyed military success against slim competition. Pope was brash and a braggart who Robert E. Lee labeled a miscreant and one who must be suppressed.
Lee had assumed command of the Army of Northern Virginia and was also commander of the Eastern Department. The activation of Pope's army near Manassas demanded he dispose of them once he had pushed McClellan away from Richmond. After receiving intelligence of Federal intentions to reinforce Pope rather than McClellan, Lee quickly sent Stonewall Jackson away from his army near Richmond to check Pope's advance. He would later follow with the remainder of his army.
This is the story of Lee at his best– a man moving with confidence against a foe not as skilled or militarily aware as he was. This campaign will show you how Lee did it from inception to destruction of Pope's army on the hills around Judith Henry's wrecked house.
The complete itinerary is here on our main website: A Campaign of Firsts: Western Virginia In 1861.