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    Two graphic accounts of the Battle of Mannasas - one Union and one Confederate

    Two Graphic Letters on the Battle of Manassas (Bull Run) - One Union, Daniel McGregor of the 4th Pennsylvania Infantry; and One Confederate, John B. Allen of the 7th South Carolina Infantry. Daniel McGregor, mustered in as a private on April 20, 1861 into Co. G, 4th PA. His enlistment was for 90 days, and his enlistment was up on the very day the battle began. He writes home, in part: "Washington July 22nd 1861... Saturday and Sunday we had a Bloody fight at Bulls Run. Our time is up and my Regiment is coming home but I am going to stay and fight my way through... We lost about 800 and retreated back to Centerville. Sherman's Battery was all captured but two pieces, also one of our big cannons was captured... The Rebels even bayonetted our dead. There was about 125,000 on the secession side. But we only had 40,000... We bombarded the enemy all day and killed about two thousand. The fire boys from New York fought bravely. They tumbled 90 men out of their saddle but lost some mend themselves - perhaps half. I shant come home. I am bound to fight the war through... I come up to Washington for 1 of Sharps Rifles & 2 knives..." McGregor's letter is one and a half pages written on a sheet of patriotic letter head, 7.75" x 9.75". Bold ink, with a few stray foxing spots along the left margin. The Union and Confederate forces were more evenly matched than his letter reports, nevertheless the Union suffered a resounding loss.

    John B. Allen, a private in Co. D, S.C. 7th Infantry, writes a 4 page letter (5" x 7.75") to his niece, and provides the Confederate side of the battle. Writing a week after the battle, in part: "Stone Bridge Va July 28, 1861... We are ready and waiting for another fight if nothing else will do, since Lincoln says he will have his property back by all hazards... There was only 98 men killed and wounded and missing. There was only 15 killed... the booms was flying all around me, the balls whining right and left... Some went into battle cursing... I went in praying to God to protect me... It was an awful sight to see the poor men lying wounded and killed. Some with their heads shot off, some shot in too, some with their legs shot off and arms... We are going to move away from this place tomorrow... It is very disagreeable. The scent is very bad... The Yankees are still dying, yet dreadful to see the house full of wounded men... They commenced firing on us at 6 o'clock am and closed 4 o'clock pm, then the Cavalry pursued them and captured 93 pieces of artillery near 2,000 prisoners and all their baggage..." Allen's letter is accompanied by the original transmittal envelope with a handwritten postal marking. Evenly toned, with bold ink and a few stray ink marks. Uneven edges along the left side of the first sheet, otherwise near fine.


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