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The battle of Manassas.

Some time ago mention was made in this paper of a book then in press descriptive of the battle of Manassas, and which, judging from the care and labor bestowed upon it promised to be of more than ordinary interest. The book has now been published, and a copy of it has just been received from the authors, Messrs. Worder and Catlett. After careful examination, we are convinced that this is the only correct and comprehensive account of the battle of Manassas that has yet been published, and the only one from which a thorough knowledge of the details of the fight can be obtained. In point of accuracy it has exceeded all expectations, and, upon our present knowledge, we do not hesitate to give it out approval. The book is entitled, ‘"The Battle of Young's Branch, or Manassas Plain,"’ and is accompanied by two excellent maps, made by actual survey, one giving in detail the positions of regiments, artillery companies, houses, cemeteries, hills, valleys, and streams, while the other is a general out line of the battle-field and the country surrounding it. Both of these maps surpass any that have yet been made. In the preface the authors say ‘"The object of this work is three fold, in the first place it is designed to give the movements of the two armies in this great battle, with such accuracy as to enable the professional reader to derive the instruction concerning the management of troops when engaged in battle that could not be gained otherwise except upon the battle-field, and to become acquainted with the manœuverings necessary to insure success."’ Secondly, to excite a spirit of patriotism throughout the country; and third, to enable every soldier engaged in the battle to explain to his friends his own movements on that day. Taken all in all this publication is a very interesting and valuable one, and will undoubtedly meet with a ready sale. The maps are excredingly well designed and engraved, and also show great teste in general execution.

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