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It was July 1862 and the Civil War had been raging on for over a year Eleven months longer than anyone ever expected Both sides predicted a quick and swift victory Neither expected the bloodshed would last four long years with both sides suffering terrible loses Neither sides predicated that the war would be the cause of over 620000 casualties Men signed up to join the army expecting adventure and time away from the usual day at home Little did they know they didnt have a good chance of making it home alive or at least in one piece They didnt know the kind of warfare they would see They didnt realize they would see so many men die The Civil War introduced a whole new kind of war The fighting tactics and weapons changed The Civil War had repeating guns like the Gatling gun a primitive type of machine gun The first iron naval ships were used As far as fighting tactics no war had ever seen so much hand to hand combat Both sides did have one strategy in common and that was to attack each others capital and deliver a knockout blow to end the war In spring of 1862 the Confederates moved their capital from Montgomery Alabama to Richmond Virginia just over 90 miles south of Washington DC For this reason Virginia became the location of many major battles One of which was Second Bull Run or otherwise known to Confederates as the Battle of Manassas -1- Book Summary On July 211861 the two armies met at Manassas junction Lincoln sent out a call after Fort Sumter for 75000 men He ended up with 35000 men the largest army yet to be gathered in the Western hemisphere In charge of those Union troops was General Irvin McDowell The confederates
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