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The Battle of Bull Run

Sketch Showing the Position of Cap. F. B. Schaeffer's Comd
Leon J. Frémaux
Sketch Showing the Position of
Cap. F. B. Schaeffer's Comd on
July the 21st 1861

Manuscript map, August 24, 1861
Drawing, ink, and watercolor on paper
Geography & Map Division

This manuscript map was executed a month after the first Battle of Bull Run, called "First Manassas" by the victorious Confederates. It was a jarring setback for the North and for the widespread belief that the price of war would be slight. Through the use of a profile, the draftsman demonstrates that the height of the corn, the depth of the creek, and other features of the site influenced the course of the battle.

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