By John P. Langellier
There by no means used to be this sort of crusade, now not even by way of Napoleon wrote accomplice common Pender of the second one Manassas crusade during which the gray-bearded Virginian, Robert E Lee, got here as shut as he ever may to exterminating his Northern enemies. moment Manassas tested Lee because the South's pre-eminent army commander and the military of Northern Virginia as its strongest weapon. The scuffling with in northern Virginia left Union basic John Pope's occupation in tatters and proved that the South used to be an influence to be reckoned with.
There by no means was once this sort of crusade, now not even by way of Napoleon.' So wrote William Dorsey Pender, a brigadier-general within the military of Northern Virginia, within the wake of the second one conflict of Manassas. His phrases weren't hole boasts - the crusade in north Virginia within the overdue summer season of 1862 tested Robert E. Lee's actually nice generalship. even though overshadowed via later clashes reminiscent of Antietam and Gettysburg, the second one Manassas crusade was once an army masterpiece within which Lee and the military of Northern Virginia got here as shut as they ever might to exterminating their Federal competitors and finishing the warfare. In so doing Lee proven himself because the South's pre-eminent army chief and helped forge his military into the bold strength it will stay for the remainder of the warfare. The crushing defeat of Federal common John Pope's military of Virginia supplied the springboard for Robert E. Lee's first invasion of the North which might succeed in it is climax alongside the banks of Antietam Creek that September.