I love to take pictures. A visit to any battlefield typically yields dozens of images. In photography I subscribe to a theory similar to that which I follow in boating: if you can’t tie good knots, tie lots of knots. So, every once in awhile I take a nice picture, but it is purely by accident.
My plan is to post one or two of my photos here every Friday. I will try to use photos with some Bull Run connection, but will only promise that they will all be associated with the American Civil War.
First up is the monument to Brigadier General Barnard Bee at First Bull Run, erected in 1939. I took this in April 2005. The monument sits on Henry Hill at the site where Bee uttered to the 4th Alabama the immortal words: “There stands Jackson like a stone wall. Let us determine to die here and we will conquer.” Or perhaps it was “Come with me and go yonder where Jackson stands like a stone wall.” There are several versions. Shortly thereafter, between 2:00 and 3:00 PM, Bee was wounded in the abdomen and exclaimed “I am a dead man; I am shot.” He died the next day at Manassas Junction, and is buried in Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston, SC St. Paul’s Episcopal Churchyard in Pendleton, SC.
Coverage of the “stone wall” incident in an article that first appeared in the Charleston Mercury on July 25 would be reprinted and adapted throughout the Confederacy. The article was intended to elevate the martyred Bee to “a place in the highest niche of fame”, but in spite of that, and regardless of what Bee meant by them (whether or not they were laudatory, and whether or not Bee said them, is debated to this day), his words as reported would elevate Thomas Jackson and his brigade to legendary status.