Daily Bread for 7.21.15 – 2017

Good morning, Whitewater.

Tuesday in town will be sunny, with a high of eighty. Sunrise is 5:35 and sunset 8:26, for 14h 50m 40s of daytime. The moon is a waxing crescent, with 25.2% of its visible disk illuminated.

The inaugural Whitewater City Market, situated alongside the Cravath lakefront arch, takes places this afternoon from 3-7 PM. They’ll have nineteen vendors under pleasant skies, offering both produce, goods, and food.

Common Council meets tonight, at 6:30 PM.

On this day in 1861, Union and Confederate soldiers fight the first large battle of the war:

The First Battle of Bull Run, also known as First Manassas (the name used by Confederate forces), was fought on July 21, 1861, in Prince William County, Virginia, near the city of Manassas, not far from the city of Washington, D.C. It was the first major battle of the American Civil War. The Union’s forces were slow in positioning themselves, allowing Confederate reinforcements time to arrive by rail. Each side had about 18,000 poorly trained and poorly led troops in their first battle. It was a Confederate victory followed by a disorganized retreat of the Union forces….

Confederate reinforcements under Brig. Gen. Joseph E. Johnston arrived from the Shenandoah Valley by railroad and the course of the battle quickly changed. A brigade of Virginians under the relatively unknown brigadier general from the Virginia Military Institute, Thomas J. Jackson, stood their ground and Jackson received his famous nickname, “Stonewall Jackson”. The Confederates launched a strong counterattack, and as the Union troops began withdrawing under fire, many panicked and the retreat turned into a rout. McDowell’s men frantically ran without order in the direction of Washington, D.C. Both armies were sobered by the fierce fighting and many casualties, and realized the war was going to be much longer and bloodier than either had anticipated.

A Google a Day asks a geography question:

The castle that sits on top of the volcanic mound, Beblowe Craig, was founded by what 16th century king?

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