The great battle!
Scenes After the Fight — Brief Comments of the Northern Press.
correspondent of the Baltimore Exchange gives the following in regard to the.
Scenes after the fight.
The scenes I witnessed in Alexandria
, the day after the battle, will never pass from my mind.
Foot sore, blood-brained, weary, and exhausted from exposure and want of food, returned the fragments of regiments.
In many instances they had thrown away knapsacks, muskets, coats, and even shoes; they came back cursing the day, and also the men who had led them into such a trap.
It was then that the chivalric spirit, it of the South
shone forth in the deeds of her children.
As an invading foe, shouting the war cry of ‘"On to Richmond
,"’ they had shrunk from them in diagnst.--At their hands the wives and sisters of the Southern
soldiers had received the most gratuitous insults; but when they returned fallen and crushed, going to and fro a bewildered herd, seeking vainly for their officers and comrades, these Southerners, whom they had Jared, provided food for them, tenderly cared for their wounded, and, in deep pity for their wretched state, seemed to forget that they had been their enemies.
I should never have surmised that such a victory had been gained, or that the men thus tenderly cared for were the same who had invaded their soil, or taken up arms against them.
It is a noted fact that the only houses closed against them were the homes of prominent Union men, and the only hands not stretched forth to aid them were those which in their on ward march had waved the ‘"Stars and Stripes."’
correspondent of the same paper says:
It is not credited by military authorities here that the Confederates
either bayonetted the wounded or shelled the hospital, as is asserted by many of the Northern
On the contrary, it is asserted that the shells of the Federal
were thickly poured into the hospital tent.
A Brevet Captain
of the 2d S. C. Regiment, while a prisoner in the hands of the. --Connecticut
regiment, said he would like to have an opportunity to fight rather than be taken prisoner.
He had hardly uttered the words when he was shot through the head by two of the Fire Zouaves
, while hold by the Connecticut
A cowardly Colonel.
of a Western regiment, it is currently reported, left his men on the field, jumped into a private carriage, drew his revolver upon the driver, and commanded him to drive on, leaving behind these who had hired the coach.
Upon being interrogated at Fairfax
as to where his regiment was, the brave Colonel
informed his friend that he supposed they had ‘"all gone to h — I."’ Gen. Scott
is pained beyond description at the conduct of the officers in command of our forces.
The Nation's War Cry.
--Forward to Richmond
Forward to Richmond
The Rebel Congress must not be allowed to meet there by the 20th of July!
By that date the place must be held by the National Army
!--N. Y. Tribune and Chicago Tribune.
The order of these two Abolition dictators has been obeyed.
An unprepared army began the march to Richmond
, and every lover of the Union
is overwhelmed with shame and indignation, because the ravings of these-in-cendiary journals have been substituted for the ripened genius of the veteran Scott
, and mere politicians have made these ravings the pretexts to precipitate him into movements he would never have originated.
Thus, upon the guilty heads of these journals rests the blood of the slain on the soil of Virginia
It is useless now to speculate about the causes, near or remote, of this terrible disaster.
At this writing, we have neither time nor heart for the task.
But of one thing we feel assured.
This result is chargeable to the culpable inactivity of General Patterson
, in allowing General Johnston
to escape from Winchester
and fall back upon Manassas
without annoyance or attention. --St. Louis Democrat.
The events of Sunday last, which forced the army of the Potomac to resume its old quarters near Alexandria
, show that Gen. Scott
knew what the occasion of taking Richmond
demanded, much better than did Greeley
and those Republican members of Congress who were constantly progging him to a forward movement.--Cincinnati Enquirer.
Wagons are constantly arriving bringing in the dead and wounded Soldiers are relating to greedy listeners the deplorable events of last night and early this morning.
The feeling is awfully distressing.--N. Y. Tribune.
If Gen. Scott
did it, he is not the man for the crisis.
If he did it fearfully and hesitatingly, under the clamor of the New York press, he is still not the man he ought to be. On whomsoever the blame lies, it must lie very heavily.
It is no alleviation of the matter to say that the General
may not have known that the enemy was so strong.
It was his business to know at least with an approach of exictness. Manassas
is simply the Great Bethel catastrophe over again, on a very large scale.--Indianapolis Journal.
It is stated that the loss in killed and wounded on our side will not exceed six hundred.
If such is the fact, why did an army of fifty five thousand men, which it is stated was the largest and best appointed ever raised in this country, (to use the mildest expression) retreat in confusion and fall back upon the Potomac
It appears to us that only a terrific slaughter could have caused the conceded demoralization of General McDowell
's corps.-- Indianapolis Sentinel.
The Government loan is at a stand-still in Wall street. Men of money are waiting to get over the astounding intelligence which has Fallen upon them.
Many of the troops are not paid off, and the Government
employees are in a similar situation.
The truth is, that few or none now believe that the Union
can be restored, and hence doubt and uncertainty hang over all financial movements.
The 12th Regiment of New York Volunteers, which read so fast, Colonel
and all, at the late great battle, is from Oneida county
It is made up entirely of Republicans.
They had to go over into Herkimer county
to fill up the regiment, and it is confessed on all sides that they made the fastest time off the battle-field that was ever known.
A Republican of New York, who has held a high office heretofore, said: ‘ "I am so d — d mad and mortified that I can't eat or sleep.
Look at it — while the President
of the rebels was leading his troops on to victory, our President
was joking at home or preparing for a pleasure sail in his new gondola." ’
The following items are from the Louisville Courier:
The Virginia Races.
dispatches yesterday virtually told us that the quickest and best runners from Manassas
Sunday, were the members of Congress and others who went over to "see the races." They proved themselves splendid runners, and had no difficulty in keeping far in advance of the terrible and blood-thirsty Virginians
The telegraph says the Southern
troops at Manassas
are in a starving condition, but we are reliably informed that they can live a few days at least upon the large quantity of provisions taken from the "grand army."
It took about three months for General McDowell
to march his grand army from Washington City
to Bull's Run
, and it is a remarkable fact that the same army returned to Washington
in the short space of three hours.
If Gen. McDowell
marched from Washington
with 53,000 men, and was afterwards reinforced with 26,000.
Where were all but the 22,000 that were engaged in the fight?
joined the Confederate forces at Manassas
the night before the great battle, and the Kentucky
boys under the immediate command of Col. Duncan
doubtless participated in the conflict that terminated so gloriously for the Southern
About eight hundred of our gallant fellows are attached to Johnston
's division, and we may expect to hear a good account of them when the details of the fight are received.