Was that the battle at which Washington and Maryland residents came to watch the battle and brought picnic baskets? I read that about one of the first battles of the Civil War and wondered if people were crazy or just stupid at that time. I am one of those people who believes that the Civil War should not have happened. After reading and researching it during college it just seems to me that the South was being pushed into a corner instead of everyone sitting down and discussing the problems...and trying to find a universal compromise. What most people do not know is that the slavery issue was not THE issue, just one of the issues. Too many good people died in that war for too many of the wrong reasons.