After holding on to the Henry House Hill and the vital intersection it commanded, Major General John Pope ordered
the retreat of the Union Army of Virginia. The weary soldiers in blue trudged across this bridge on their way to the defenses
surrounding Washington. President Lincoln would relieve General Pope of the command of his army and combine the forces with the Army
of the Potomac. He would also place Major General George B. McClellan in command of the combined forces believing that no one else
could re-organize the demoralized troops faster than could he.
Although General Pope pulled his men away from the twice contested ground of the Battlefield of Manassas, the aggressive
Confederate General Stonewall Jackson still desired to fight the bluecoats. They clashed again during a horrific thunderstorm
near the town of Chantilly but the Federals were able to slip away to safety. General Lee now firmly held the
initiative that the Southerners had lost when retreating towards Richmond just a few months earlier. In July, Union
forces threatened the southern capitol. Now, the men in gray and butternut triumphantly held the field just miles west
of the US Capitol. General Lee would propose to Confederate President Jefferson Davis that now was the time to move north
and bring the war to those who had ravaged his home state of Virginia. His exhausted men began the march towards Maryland
and in just weeks would endure the bloodiest single day of the American Civil War during the Battle of Antietam.