Second Manassas - Porter’s Attack - August 30, 1862
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Porter's Attack - August 30, 1862
American Battlefield Trust’s map of the Battle of Second Manassas
Porter’s Attack - August 30, 1862
Though a series of assaults against "Stonewall" Jackson’s position along the unfinished railroad grade were repulsed with heavy casualties on August 29, Union commander John Pope remained convinced that he could "bag Jackson" at Manassas. On August 30, Pope renewed his attacks, this time attempting to turn Jackson’s right and center. In a "short but sanguinary engagement" the Union V Corps under Fitz John Porter advanced against Jackson's well-entrenched troops, only to be torn apart by massed Confederate artillery on their flank.