Tag / Rajesh

  • May 10, 2012 - Rajesh Odayanchal

    Marriage Invitation Card

    A Beautiful Journey Continued… Together with our parents we invite you with great pleasure to our wedding reception On Sunday, 1st July , 2012 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM at Bellur Sri Shiva Temple Attenganam, Kasaragod Dist. Kerala, 671531. Please join us and share our joy as we celebrate a new life together. Manjusha & […]

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  • മജസ്റ്റിക്…! ജീവിതദുരിതത്തിന്റെ മാറാപ്പും പേറി ആയിരങ്ങ‍‍‍ള്‍ ബസ്സിലും ട്രൈനിലുമായി വന്നിറങ്ങുന്ന ബാംഗ്ലൂരിലെ പ്രധാന സ്റ്റാ‍ന്‍റുകളിലൊന്ന്. നഗര കാഴ്ചകള്‍ (നരക കാഴ്ചകളെന്നു തെറ്റിവായിച്ചാലും വിരോധമില്ല) ക‍ണ്ടു നടന്ന ഒരു ശനിയാഴ്‌ച അവിചാരിതമായി കണ്ടുമുട്ടിയ ഒരു പഴയ‌ കൂട്ടുകാരനെപ്പറ്റിയാണിവിടെ എഴുതുന്നത്‍. ആ കൂട്ടുകാരന്റെ പേരുപറയാന്‍ ഞാനാഗ്രഹിക്കുന്നില്ല. ഒരു പഴയ പയസ്സിയന്‍. പഠിക്കുന്ന കാലത്ത് അവന്‍ അത്രയൊന്നും മിടുക്കുകാട്ടിയിരുല്ല. ഒരു average സ്റ്റുഡന്‍റ്. പണ്ട്, കാസര്‍ഗോഡ്‍ ഗവ:കോളേജില്‍ ഇന്റെര്‍കോളേജിയേറ്റ് സാഹിത്യസെമിനാര്‍ ഉണ്ടായിരുന്നു. ഒരു കോളേജില്‍ നിന്നും രണ്ടുപേര്‍ക്കു പങ്കെടുക്കാമായിരുന്നു. അന്നു കെമിസ്ട്രിഡിപ്പാര്‍ട്ടുമെന്‍റിന്റെ […]

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  • February 5, 2010 - Rajesh Odayanchal

    A New Birth…!

    Hi friends, Welcome to my first post. This is a first entry on my new site – Chayilyam.com, through this site I would be expressing my thoughts, the folk culture of Malabar (Kerala). In addition, I have also incorporated some cherished stories which touched my heart. Thus, Chayilyam.com will be a complete the portfolio of […]

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July 21, 1861: The First Battle of Bull Run

Posted on Friday July 21, 2017 - This Day in World History

In the first major land battle of the Civil War, a large Union force under General Irvin McDowell is routed by a Confederate army under General Pierre G.T. Beauregard.

Three months after the Civil War erupted at Fort Sumter, Union military command still believed that the Confederacy could be crushed quickly and with little loss of life. In July, this overconfidence led to a premature offensive into northern Virginia by General McDowell. Searching out the Confederate forces, McDowell led 34,000 troops–mostly inexperienced and poorly trained militiamen–toward the railroad junction of Manassas, located just 30 miles from Washington, D.C. Alerted to the Union advance, General Beauregard massed some 20,000 troops there and was soon joined by General Joseph Johnston, who brought some 9,000 more troops by railroad.

On the morning of July 21, hearing of the proximity of the two opposing forces, hundreds of civilians–men, women, and children–turned out to watch the first major battle of the Civil War. The fighting commenced with three Union divisions crossing the Bull Run stream, and the Confederate flank was driven back to Henry House Hill. However, at this strategic location, Beauregard had fashioned a strong defensive line anchored by a brigade of Virginia infantry under General Thomas J. Jackson. Firing from a concealed slope, Jackson’s men repulsed a series of Federal charges, winning Jackson his famous nickname “Stonewall.”

Meanwhile, Confederate cavalry under J.E.B. Stuart captured the Union artillery, and Beauregard ordered a counterattack on the exposed Union right flank. The rebels came charging down the hill, yelling furiously, and McDowell’s line was broken, forcing his troops in a hasty retreat across Bull Run. The retreat soon became an unorganized flight, and supplies littered the road back to Washington. Union forces endured a loss of 3,000 men killed, wounded, or missing in action while the Confederates suffered 2,000 casualties. The scale of this bloodshed horrified not only the frightened spectators at Bull Run but also the U.S. government in Washington, which was faced with an uncertain military strategy in quelling the “Southern insurrection.”