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Photographic Then and Now: August 1862 Stone House Intersection

Civil War Correspondent Edwin Forbes depicted this scene from a vantage point on Henry Hill on August 30, 1862, showing the repulse of Porter's Union attack at the Deep Cut in the far distance. In the closer center foreground, columns of troops can be seen marching hurriedly up the hill toward Chinn Ridge. It is quite likely that some of these men belonged to Stiles's and Tower's Union brigades, of McDowell's corps.

Yesterday we shared the story of George Paine of the 13th Massachusetts Infantry of Stiles's brigade, who was wounded on Chinn Ridge during the repulse of Longstreet's Confederate assault. One of these silhouetted men depicted by Forbes could very well be George Paine, only moments before receiving his wound.

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(to the tune of Old Smokey)

 

On the plains of Manassas, the Yankees we met
We gave ‘em a whipping, they’ll never forget
But I ain’t got no money, nor nothing to eat
I’m afraid that tonight I, must sleep in the street.
 
Your parents despise me, they say I’m too poor
They say I’m unworthy, to enter your door
Oh Molly dear Molly, you cause me to roam
I’m a poor Rebel Soldier and Dixie’s my home.
 
My horse he ain’t hungry, he won’t eat your hay
I'll saddle my horse and, I’ll ride him away
I'll live in the West where, the free breezes blow
I’ll hunt the wild deer and, I’ll ride the bronco
 
On the plains of Manassas, the Yankees we met
We gave 'em a whipping, they’ll never forget
Oh Molly, dear Molly, you cause me to roam
I’m a poor Rebel Soldier, and Dixie’s my home.

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SDJ:

     That is too cool! 

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