- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (January 18, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195139380
- ISBN-13: 978-0195139389
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,204,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"We Shall Meet Again": The First Battle of Manassas (Bull Run), July 18-21, 1861 1st Edition
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However, it is an easy, quick read, due to many of its 183 pages being devoted to maps or groups of photographs or drawings.
I learned a lot of the history of this battle from the book. There is a lot of information here. The interest level was not heightened by reading through this book. It is a stage by stage development of the battle. There were some human interest stories in this book. Mainly it was the history of the battle.
Burnside is shown as bumbling even at the beginning of the war. Other than that, this is an OK history of the battle.
"We Shall Meet Again" certainly gives an excellent overview of the battle, breaking down the different troop movements into stages that the reader is able to clearly follow. However, before the account of the battle itself, McDonald presents a useful introduction entitled 'Ways and Means' covering such aspects as weapons, flags and uniforms and the initial strategies and battle plans of First Manassas. Although only giving selective and limited information this initial section of the book acts as a useful backdrop for the events that were to come.
"We Shall Meet Again" essentially provides a step by step account of the battle. It does not provide nor does it attempt to provide an in-depth history. However, it is not to the detriment of "We Shall Meet Again" that it's remit is one of focus on the battle itself and not historical analysis of it. For such an analysis I would direct the reader to "Battle at Bull Run" by William C. Davis.
The maps and illustrations in the book are limited and could have done with expansion and further detail. Certainly they offer enough clarity to allow the reader to visually follow the action but I would have appreciated a little more.
An aspect of the book I found interesting were the photographs/drawings and writings of some of those involved in the fighting. Both these elements helped to humanise the events, reminding us that although the battle is now seen as an historical occurrence those that fought there were very real. If this is an area that interests you, "First Manassas - Voices of the Civil War" would be an ideal addition to your library.
"We Shall Meet Again" offers a good introduction to the First Battle of Manassas. Although the subject matter is quite specific - it's about one battle at the start of the war - it provided me with an insight into the not only the details of the battle but also the naivety of it's participants.