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Civil War Author Appearing Before Local Veterans Group
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Author James Morgan will be presenting and signing copies of his book, "A
Little Short of Boats."
Opposing the Union effort was Brig. Gen. Nathan “Shanks” Evans’ small
Confederate command at Leesburg. Reacting to the news of Federals crossing at
Ball’s Bluff and Edwards Ferry, Evans focused on the former and began
moving troops to the point where Col. Edward D. Baker’s troops were
gathering. The Northern troops were on largely open ground, poorly organized,
and with their backs to the wide river when the Southern infantry attacked.
The twelve fitful hours of fighting that followed ended in one of the worst
defeats (proportionally speaking) either side would suffer during the entire
Civil War, wrecked a prominent Union general’s career, and killed Baker — a
sitting United States senator and one of President Abraham Lincoln’s good
friends. The disaster rocked a Northern populace already reeling from the
recent defeats of Bull Run and Wilson’s Creek.