Lord of lords, in the glorious victory with which He has crowned our arms at Manassas, and that the people of these Confederate States are invited, by appropriate services on the ensuing Sabbath, to offer up their united thanksgivings and prayers for this mighty deliverance.’
wrote as follows of the Confederate army after Bull Run
The Confederate army was more disorganized by victory than that of the United States by defeat.
The Southern volunteers believed that the objects of the war had been accomplished by their victory, and that they had achieved all that their country required of them.
Many, therefore, in ignorance of their military obligations, left the army—not to return.
Some hastened home to exhibit the trophies picked up on the field; others left their regiments without ceremony to attend to wounded friends, frequently accompanying them to hospitals in distant towns.
Such were the reports of general and staff officers, and railroad officials.
Exaggerated ideas of the victory, prevailing among our troops, cost us more men than the Federal army lost by defeat.
On the 25th of July, Johnston
united in a congratulatory proclamation to the ‘Soldiers of the Confederate States
,’ of which the beginning and conclusion are quoted:
One week ago a countless host of men, organized into an army, with all the appointments which modern and practical skill could devise, invaded the soil of Virginia.
Their people sounded their approach with triumphant displays of anticipated victory.
Their generals came in almost royal state; their great ministers, senators, and women came to witness the immolation of our army and the subjugation of our people, and to celebrate the result with wild revelry.
It is with the profoundest emotions of gratitude to an overruling God,. whose hand is manifest in protecting our homes and our liberties, that we, your generals commanding, are enabled, in the name of our whole country, to thank you for that patriotic courage, that heroic gallantry, that devoted daring, exhibited by you in the actions of the 18th and 21st, by which the hosts of the enemy were scattered and a signal and glorious victory obtained. . . . Comrades, our brothers who have fallen have earned undying renown upon earth, and their blood, shed in our holy cause, is a precious and acceptable sacrifice to the Father of Truth and of Right.
Their graves are beside the tomb of Washington; their spirits have joined with his in eternal communion. . . . We drop one tear on their laurels and move forward to avenge them.
Soldiers, we congratulate you on a glorious, triumphant and complete victory, and we thank you for doing your whole duty in the service of your country.
In this first great battle in Virginia
many officers served, on both sides, who afterward became distinguished, or famous.
On the Confederate
side were Johnston
, Fitz Lee
, Kirby Smith
, D. R. Jones
, Sam Jones