Following the Disastrous Union Defeat at Bull Run a “High Society” Lady Writes Her Brother in New York from Willard’s Hotel in Washington D.C., July 26th, 1861 – Great, Great Content!
This 6-page letter in ink is written by Isabella Clifford to her brother George Clifford in New York City. George and his sister had many political friends that went out to view the battle of Manassas… and never came back! Included is an excellent cover with a “Baltimore R.R.” cancelation.

Here is some of the great content:

• I regret to say that among the killed & missing are several persons whom we knew well. We were accustomed to see Col. Cameron almost daily and Mr. Bing (A German) was very often one of our party - the latter accompanied Senator Foster and Mr. Ely to the Battle ground on Tuesday morng. and the Senator is the only one who has returned & he escaped through the woods. The other two were last seen surrounded by a body of the "Virginian Black Cavalry." Only those who were present could form a true idea of the excitement & confusion that prevailed in this city from Saturday until yesterday.

• Early on Monday 90 Fire Zouaves came to the hotel in the pouring rain and were refreshed by a good breakfast. They doubtless behaved bravely so long as they stayed on the field but like too many more, they fled and contrary to all military rules, numbers of them walked into Washington in different parties, receiving from many persons much sympathy, whereas they were in reality deserters.

• But one cannot blame the soldiers when it is recollected that the officers were wanting who could lead the army forward. I suppose few of those who went from here knew anything of the ground on which they made the attack whilst the Enemy had had 5 or 6 weeks to study their position & prepare their Batteries. Another thing they were rested & fresh for fighting whilst the Federal Troops were almost worn out with fatigue & heat at the onset.

• Yesterday we saw some of the prisoners at the Old Capitol - a melancholy sight -brothers holding brothers in bondage on each side of the lines!

• We dined at the British Embassy yesterday & of course war was the topic of conversation. Scarcely any other is even brought forward. Mr. Russell of the London Times sat on the one side of me and gave us his relations of the horrors he witnessed on the field of Battle. Mr. Brady was at the hotel yesterday and told me several startling truths, but I will no longer dwell on the subject. The newspapers speak quite enough horrors.

• I must tell you that Governor Sprague behaved most nobly on the field. He had one horse shot under him & another wounded.

• I forgot to say we have had one amusing adventure by staying out after the countersign had been issued. And though we had Genl. Mansfield's son & a member of Congress, we should have had trouble in passing the Sentinels had not Genl. Dix had the forethought to speak of the possibility of our being late on the road! An incident of war!

• The cover has a "Baltimore R R" postmark and is addressed to: George Clifford Esq. New York Hotel New York

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