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The Confederate Crier


30,000 Union troops Attack Confederate Force!

By Brittany A. Hancock
Civil War Reporter


General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson
It's the first major battle of the war! Confederates led by General P.G.T. Beauregard were driven back by inexperienced Union troops commanded by General Irvin McDowell only at first. When General Thomas Jackson brought in reinforcements the Rebels rallied and unleashed a savage attack back at the Yankees! This forced the Union lines to break! Confederates surged forward with the Rebel yell and Union soldiers dropped thier guns! Albert Riddle, one of the observers, reports that "A cruel, crazy, mad, hopeless panic possessed them..."
Confederates rejoice over the victory, though Yankees retreated without pursuit by the Rebels. One Edmund Ruffin of Virginia thinks this might mean "the close of the war."

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