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Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 1. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book II:—secession. (search)
irst serious engagements must naturally take place. The organization of a body of troops under Johnston at Harper's Ferry showed that the Richmond authorities had fully understood this. At the same time, and with all possible secrecy, they massed their new levies at Manassas Junction, which has become so celebrated since. These two points protected Richmond from all attack, while menacing Maryland on one side and Washington on the other. Harper's Ferry was the key to the great valley of the Shenandoah, which penetrates into the heart of Virginia, and Johnston was thus master of the two lines of railway which branch off at that placeā€”one to follow the course of the Shenandoah in a southerly direction, the other, the right bank of the Potomac westward. The occupation of Manassas Junction, which is only forty kilometres from Washington, warranted the assumption that the first battle would be fought nearer this city than Richmond; it gave the Confederates control of the only railwa