#27 Massacre White Oak, Virginia June 30, 1862

White Oak Swamp, Va. June 30, 1862


Defeat at White Oak Swamp today has brought the startling realization that the Union has definitely underestimated the spirit and fortitude of the Confederate fighters. Once considered hardly a match for the "fierce Union Army," the Rebels have convinced the nation that they can hold their own on any military battlefield. Today's defeat was another in a long line of losses which the Union troops have suffered during the current Virginia campaign. Fighting erupted suddenly at noon and lasted for three hours. Bodies carpeted the swampland and blood dyed the foliage a bright red. President Lincoln is fearful for the safety of Washington, now that the Confederate Army has revealed its real strength.