Thursday, July 21, 2011

Thoughts on Manassas

As you probably know, today marks the 150th anniversary of the battle of Manassas. There is much we could discuss regarding North Carolina's role in the battle. Something I hope to post more about later is North Carolina's reaction to the battle. But to start with (possibly to set the tone), I found this piece on the death of Colonel Fisher, killed on July 21 while leading the 6th NCST. This comes from the Raleigh Register, July 26, 1861.

Funeral Escort
     The body of the lamented Col. Fisher, of the 6th Regiment of North Carolina State Troops, was escorted yesterday evening by the larger portion of the 4th Regiment State troops from the same State, from the Central depot to the Petersburg depot, en route for home. Col. Fisher was shot through the head and instantly killed, while leading his men in the memorable battle, near Manassas, last Sunday. The grief of his men at the loss of their gallant chief was deep and universal. It has hardly been a week since the lamented officer passed through the streets of our city at the head of his regiment, a splendid brass band discoursing the while the song of an anticipated victory. It came, but the song of triumph was hushed, for victory was bought by the death of many a brave and true man. Coll. Fisher was enlisted  heart and soul in the cause of Southern independence. He had used his means unsparingly in the equipment of the splendid regiment that he led so gloriously to battle in defense of our common country. to him victory came even in the arms of death. To his relations and friends it must be consoling to know that a grateful nation will forever keep alive the memory of the heroes who fell on the bloody fields of Manassas. Peace to their [names].

1 comment:

Tom Vincent said...

As I'm sure your readers know, Ft. Fisher was named after him. His daughter was Frances Tiernan, who wrote novels under the pen name Christian Reid. She was head of the monument committee that built Rowan county's distinctive Confederate monument.