Threads From The National Tapestry: Stories From The American Civil War

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19 - “Mighty Events Are On The Wing” - Second Manassas

August 30, 2019


About this episode: 

In the light of Union frustration after the unsuccessful Peninsula Campaign failed to take Richmond, and the Confederacy’s Seven Days Campaign which repelled the Union Army of the Potomac, the North’s military powers-that-be surrendered something they would regret: the strategic initiative. This is the story of what Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia did with it. In a dramatic turnaround in the Eastern Theater, we return to ground through which ran a stream that locals called Bull Run. This is the story of the Battle of Second Manassas.

Some Characters Mentioned In This Episode:

Other References From This Episode:


Action at Brawner's Farm, August 28th


Actions on August 29th, 3 p.m.


Actions on August 29th, 5-7 p.m.


Actions on August 30th. 3 p.m.


Actions on August 30th, 4 p.m.


*** Maps Source: Hal Jespersen,

*** Painting Source: Don Troiani

Get The Guide:

Want to learn more about the Civil War? A great place to start is Fred's guide, The Civil War: A History of the War between the States from Workman Publishing. The guide is in its 9th printing.


Producer: Dan Irving