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Confederate troops abandon Munson's Hill, overlooking Washington, DC

Civil War Battle, iconic image
09/28/1861
Munson's Hill, overlooking Washington, had been in Confederate possession for months and had harbored sharpshooters, a massive Confederate flag visible to the city, and what appeared to be an impressive array of cannon.  Confederate troops abandoned the hill in the morning and when Union troops advanced they found, to the amusement of the press in following days, that the "cannon" were actually painted tree trunks, so-called "Quaker Guns."  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Chronicles of the Great Rebellion Against the United States of America (Philadelphia, PA: A. Winch, 1867), 13.
 Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P.Putnam, 1861), III: 37.

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