Battle of Bull Run, 21st of July 1861
The Honorable Alfred Ely of Rochester, New York who served in the House of Representatives supported the Union effort in the Civil War and helped raise troops. He was at Bull Run on July 21, 1861, not as a soldier but as a spectator. Taken prisoner by Confederates on the scene, Ely spent six months at the infamous Libby prison at Richmond, Virginia. After his release he wrote the Journal of Alfred Ely, A Prisoner of War in Richmond.