Brian Downey made this recent post on Lt. Joseph Audenried, who served as an aide to Daniel Tyler at Bull Run. Be sure to read it – I’ll be incorporating some of it into my own sketch of Audenried. Good stuff, even a sex scandal. Hmmm…I wonder if typing those two words will generate more hits for this blog?
Tyler is something of an enigma. He was McDowell’s most senior division commander, despite having been retired from the army for 27 years. During the 15 years he spent in the uniform of the United States, he managed to rise to the rank of 1st Lieutenant, and he did not feel compelled to reenter the service for the war with Mexico. His actions on July 18th at Blackburn’s Ford (at the time referred to as The Battle of Bull Run) had a profound impact on the campaign, as did his decisions on the 21st. I’ll have plenty to say about Tyler later. Note that at the time of the battle he was a Brig. Gen. of Connecticut militia.
This article was originally posted on 4/12/2007, as part of the Daniel Tyler biographical sketch.