The Situation.

August 31, 1862, The New York Herald

Our army has immortalized itself, according to all the accounts of the battles fought on the historic Bull Run Friday, from daylight to dark, and renewed yesterday. The official order of General Pope to Major General Halleck, which we publish in another column, gives the story briefly and graphically, and, as substantiated by the detailed accounts which we presently to our readers today from other sources, furnishes a complete description of these eventful battles, the result of which has been to discomfit the enemy and place him in a trap for which he was not prepared. Instead of outflanking General Pope, as Jackson designed, he has found himself, after two days’ hard fighting, surrounded by the forces of Generals McClellan, Pope, Burnside, McDowell and Sigel.

Bull Run has been again the scene of a sanguinary conflict, but this time it has proved the scene of triumph for the Union arms. It is true that the field was won at a great sacrifice, our loss being put down as eight thousand men, and that of the enemy at fully double that number, while the amount of the rebels captured is considerable, though not yet ascertained. The movement of the rebels was a bold and daring affair, and we may well congratulate our generals upon the skill and energy which converted what was designed to be a successful advance upon the national capital into a decided defeat of Jackson’s forces and unmistakable victory for the Union armies. The two maps which we give today will illustrate the scene of the first and the recent battles on the memorable ground of Bull Run.

The wants of the wounded in these conflicts will be promptly attended to. The employees of the different government departments at Washington to the number of nearly one thousand have, at the suggestion of the War Department, started for the scene of action to act as nurses. The physicians of Philadelphia with Christian promptitude have also volunteered almost to a man to proceed to the battle field, and render aid to the suffering. No doubt the medical corps of the army will be reinforced from other quarters also, and the sick and wounded of our gallant army will quickly receive all the attention they require.

Our intelligence from other quarters does not assume any very interesting complexion. The news from Virginia absorbs all the interest of the hour.


Civil War

Comments on this entry are closed.