But it would be at the railway hub known as Manassas by the South and Bull Run by the North, that many of the 35,000 Union troops would have a deadly clash with the South's Confederates. Union Generals did not want to get into the thick of things because the troops were too new to the game, being short term units, untested and not yet properly trained. But politics of the day and politics at DC forced them forward and into a day long battle that would catch the North off guard when the equally untrained or experienced Southern men brought in unexpected reinforcements. By the time the sun went down 4.700 men from both sides lay dying or dead on the battlefield.
He spent his last 2 years of retirement outside Toronto at a place called Cobourg and died there. The General received a Medal of Honor for bravery in 1895 for actions in the First Battle of Bull Run. (There were 2)
It was also in the month of July 113 years ago that a Canadian by the name of John W Powers had his medal rescinded for unknown reasons. One must wonder if a court action was involved, lest it be yet another illegal cancellation of a MOH. John and another fellow... Michael Connolly dove of their vessel to save a drowning citizen while in harbour. That harbor was at Halifax Nova Scotia in August of 1876.
Here is an image of the front and back of this medal.
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