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Battle Report

Dear General Lee,


I am writing you to report on the battle of Manassas, general Jackson's plan worked exceptionally well despite all doubt. The men have taken a liking to him, and even gave him a nickname, imagine that, they call him "Stonewall Jackson" . The battle was a success and we took 1982 casualties in opposition to the north who took 2896 so over all a a great victory. The cause of the victory, I am afraid, was their underestimation of our army. I believe this will not happen again and we should not count on it. The railroad is ours but for how long I wonder.


Your Servant,
      Sargent Fred Bloom Jr.

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