The Words of War: The Civil War Battle Reportage Of The New York Times and The Charleston Mercury...and What Historians Say Really Happened
In the media, political perspective often alters the view of reality. The Words of War illustrates this by placing in juxtaposition the reportage of The New York Times and The Charleston Mercury's coverage of eighteen battles from Fort Sumter to Appomattox Court House. Following each battle's coverage is a synopsis of each battle as the modern historian looks back at it.Setting up each battle's coverage is a commentary by the author in which he provides interesting background information on some of the individuals participating in the action.Sketches by war artists sent by Harper's Weekly and Frank Leslie's Illustrated Magazine lend visual color to each battle's coverage.The Words of War contains an index and bibliography.
Where he is completely cut off, and must, with his whole force, be captured and destroyed unless some stupendous error is made on our side. JACKSON will probably get into Washington somewhat sooner than he expected, and in a manner less agreeable than he anticipated. There is heavy firing northwest of this place this morning, and it is supposed that our force has compelled Jackson to face about and fight. What the Historians Say The second battle at Manassas—known also as Manassas, Second.
Although Washington papers of the 16th received this morning, do not admit even a defeat, but declare that General Burnside is satisfied with the result of Saturday fight. ‘’I shouldn’t wonder’ – as the showman remarked when asked if the Siamese twins were brothers. I learn, on good authority, that Gen. Lee was so confident that the battle would be renewed on Monday, that he had disposed his forces to meet the shock in a manner that would have horrified those who thought they tested the whole.
Loss, while flying before our troops, was enormous. Wrightbrigade suffered severely. One of the regiments which went into action with a Colonel, Lieutenant Colonel, and five or six Captains, came out in charge of a Second Lieutenant, the ranking officers having been either killed or wounded. Our informant says that our army fell back with the greatest deliberation and order, to use his expression, there was no demoralization. None of the officers have any idea that Gen. Lee intends to recross.
11th, the officers were informed that the bombardment would be opened on Fort Sumter at 9 o, p.m. Orders were issued, in accordance, to the several regiments, as to their particular duties. Men slept, arms in hand, all night. At half past four in the morning of the 12th a shell was thrown up from Fort Johnson, and the ball opened, with shell and shot from some eight or ten batteries. The sight of the whizzing shell in the grey morning light, bursting in every direction, above and around the.
And into the enemy’s parapet, capturing his guns (four light 13-pounder), his colors and five or six hundred prisoners, about 300 of whom were secured by promptly passing them to the rear. The storming column, in fact, were just turning the enemy’s guns on the retreating rebels, when powerful reinforcements from the second rebel line appeared advancing. The first rebel fire was held by Breckenridge’s troops and was carried, but Lee is too good a General to leave a point so important thus weakly.