OK, I’ve posted my last Bull Run after action report (OR). #62 was the last Union report – #63 is actually the findings of the Dixon Miles court of inquiry.
You may have inferred from the reports of Richardson and Davies that there was something hinky with Miles’s behavior on the 21st. He was prescribed some brandy by his doctor that day, and he was unfortunately wearing two hats at the same time. No, I mean that literally. It was not uncommon practice to wear two hats on a hot day – something about ventilation. But Miles had a reputation for hitting the bottle, so combine his medicinal use that day with possible augmentation on his part, two hats, and some less than rational directions to subordinates in the field, and the evidence mounts up. Kinda sorta cleared by the court of inquiry, Miles went on leave of absence, awaiting orders from July 26, 1861 until March 8, 1862. I’ll try to track down more information on the court of inquiry and post it here.
The ORs aren’t done-done, as Miracle Max might say. I’ll get around to putting up the Blackburn’s Ford reports. And of course there is all that correspondence to get through. But it’s nice to have one thing wrapped up, finally.