First battle of Manassas.Dash and heroism of the Maryland line-stonewall Jackson's flank saved-recollections revived by the 45th anniversary.
A paper read before the Isaac R. Trimble Camp, no. 1035, United Confederate Veterans, Baltimore, Md., October 2, 1906, by Colonel Winfield Peters, Maryland member of the Historical Committee, and on Southern School history, U. C. V.
In the first Battle of Manassas, July 21, 1861, our First Maryland Regiment lastly and hotly engaged a brigade of the enemy from the edge of a woods overlooking a declivity, then a dry ditch at the foot, then a hill, on the crest of which the enemy was formed in battle line. We fired at point-blank range of, perhaps, 500 yards, awaiting reinforcements. The regiment was well dressed on the colors and the firing unobstructed, but the heat was intense, and the absence of wind prevented the smoke from rising; hence the view of the enemy's line was now and then obscured.