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he beginning of the war. Early's brigade, which, while charging Hancock's troops, cried out to them ironically, Bull Run, learnt to its own cost that it had committed an anachronism.
Differing widely from the encounter of which the Manassas plateau had been the scene the preceding year, this bloody and undecided battle, continued during an entire day on a narrow space of ground, marks, in fact, the real commencement of the long struggle between the two large armies of the Potomac and Northern Virginia, which, after unheard — of sacrifices on both sides, terminated in the annihilation of the latter at the end of three years.
The town of Williamsburg was full of Confederate wounded.
The spacious halls of the college, which had been converted into a hospital, presented a painful sight to the uninitiated.
But the most cruel sufferings were reserved for those soldiers of both parties who had fallen in the midst of the abatis.
Hidden under the branches of the felled trees, they esca