Suggested Readings


The Battle of Second Manassas has not attracted as much attention from historians as have many other Civil War engagements. A few books have been published on Pope's Campaign in the summer of 1862. Many able authors have provided chapters on the battle in larger works. However, disparities in fact, interpretations, and opinion indicate that the world is still waiting for a definitive study. The memoirs of individuals and units that participated in the operations often provide good incidental information, but should not be accepted without corroboration. The Official Record of the War of the Rebellion, Series I, Vol. 12, Part II, is indispensable.

Ropes, John C., The Army Under Pope, New York: C. Scribner and Sons, 1881. One of the few works devoted exclusively to the Army of Virginia. Despite its age, it remains a balanced, detailed narrative.

Gaff, Alan D., Brave Men's Tears: The Iron Brigade at Brawner's Farm, Dayton, Ohio: Morningside House, Inc., 1985. An excellent, detailed account of the opening phase of the battle.

Foote, Shelby, The Civil War, A Narrative, Vol. 1, Fort Sumter to Perryville, New York: Random House, 1958. Chapter 6 places the campaign in its strategic setting and provides a dramatic narrative of the battle.