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Bulls Run . My 4th in my Tribute to America™ series depicting the battle of Bulls Run in the beginning of the long and bloody civil war. . July 17, 1861 In the middle of July, two forces collided outside Washington in the countryside of Manassas, VA. The two armies were the Union and Confederates. Not long before that date, the southern states of the USA seceded and declared themselves as an independent country. The Southern states(Confederate) were then so bold as to attack Fort Sumpter because they wanted the land. This started the bloodiest and most tragic war in American history. Now that the background is clarified, we can proceed to the present. The Confederate states, with an amy under the command of General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard, marched on the Union capitol of Washington at the command of Confederate president Jefferson Davis. Union president Abraham Lincoln ordered General Irvin McDowell to meet them with his untrained, untested, army. The northern newspapers demanded a quick victory, but little did they know of the long bloody war ahead of them... Thousands of Civilians poured out of Washington and the surrounding countryside in parades and parties in expectation of the bloodless, quick, fun, fight. Some picnicked on nearby hills while others waited down in the battle-field itself. The two armies arrived and the battle commenced. McDowell split his force in to two and sent 18,000 men under the command of Major General Robert Patterson to the northern flank and attack the main Confederate army under Beauregard from the side. McDowell split his force again and sent Daniel Tyler to take the stone bridge that held a route into the rear of the Southern force. Tyler made his way across the bridge and attacked. However he was driven back across the bridge and pinned there. The southern forces held out long enough. General Johnston's regiment boarded the train at Manassas station and arrived at the battle field. With these fresh troops and a now much swelled army, the confederates succeeded to drive the Union back until a retreat was sounded. The southern forces chose not to press because of their losses. The bedraggled Union army made its way through the shocked and horrified supporters and marched back to Washington. All right this professor stuff is killing me. Back to the stuff that matters. That's right, humor. Like all good officers this one chooses to lead from the back. Just recently I have come to realize the effectiveness of rubber bands, on minifigs especially This creation was also something of an experiment for me. I tried a new technique on the rocks along the sides, in attempt of giving it that slate, strata look. I like it except it has to be in the right circumstance to be used. The dead soldiers are always fun to do. The leg posing on this one is a new idea I tried. And here she is! My pride and joy of this MOC, I present for your consideration the Bonnet! Seriously though, it is one of my favorite parts. It is actually fairly tricky to do unfortunately. It just involves a Brickforge turban combined with a rubber band. Here is the major cause of the war. The North was in general anti-slavery while the south needed them as a way of life. The north tried to impose their beliefs on the south and the war began. Those of you who have it will recognize the Fire Brigade flag. Union casualties numbered:2,896=460 killed, 1,124 wounded, 1,312 captured/missing. Confederate casualties numbered:1,982=387 killed, 1,582 wounded, 13 missing. I love this shirt. The design in the front and it has a design in the back as well. I retained the trees from my Suburban Family House for my upcoming project which you see here. Another type of birds nest, differing from my normal ones. The camera is also a highlight of mine. The gunpowder rod(top left)is the flash, the cape protects the film from light, and the lens is hopefully self explanatory. And another shot of the bonnet! I needed to rant about this a little bit so here goes. The fact that those spectators came to watch one of the bloodiest, most horrific battles for sheer sport sickens me to this day. Is America so unlike the barbarian Rome where innocents are eaten alive to the enjoyment of those watching? Death is NEVER entertainment. If you think it is, then die, come back to life and tell me if it was fun. Previously in TTA #3.Fort McHenry #2.Bunker Hill #1.Lexington Thanks for stopping by. God bless, And God bless America! ~Blake

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