Friday, August 31, 2012
Retreat from Second Bull Run
This is one of those 150th anniversary days--the day after the defeat of the Union army at Second Bull Run. The Iron Brigade was one of the rear guard units and among the last to leave the battlefield. Adjutant Frank Haskell of the Iron Brigade wrote home a few days later: "On the night of the Thirtieth after the battle the army fell back to Centreville and Gibbon's Brigade with Campbell's (formerly Gibbon's) Battery 'B' Fourth Artillery, was the reargurd of the whole army. This is no small honor, and you may set it down as a fact, the lying newspapers to the countrary notwithstanding."