He Hath Loosed the Fateful Lightning: The Battle of Ox Hill (Chantilly), September 1, 1862
Spectacular displays of lightning, thunder crashing so loud that it masked the roar of the cannon, a torrential downpour with gale-force winds; these were the hallmarks of the fateful September 1, 1862, Battle of Ox Hill. He Hath Loosed the Fateful Lightning presents to the reader a full-scale treatment of this little-known engagement, fought two days after the slaughter of Second Bull Run and only 20 miles west of Washington, D.C. Outnumbered almost three to one, two Union divisions under Generals Isaac Stevens and Philip Kearny staged heroic flanking attacks into Stonewall Jackson's fatigued Confederates, catching them off guard in the process. The brief affair helped to save the Union capital from possible rebel attack, but at a steep price. Fought partially in the dark and in conditions that rendered the bayonet much more than an ornamental weapon, Ox Hill became in the words of one participant, "a terrific, horrible, phantasmagoria," whose nightmarish memories were never forgotten by those who survived. Utilizing extensive unpublished and uncommon primary source material, He Hath Loosed the Fateful Lightning tells the story of this crucial and deadly engagement through the eyes of its combatants.
- Publisher: White Mane Books
- Type: Hardcover
- Availability: In Stock