James A. Alewine (1843-1911), my great-great-grandfather, joined the Confederate Army for a one-year enlistment at the Anderson Court House, SC on April 14, 1861, just two days after Fort Sumter. He was assigned to Company J, 4th Regiment South Carolina Volunteers and after four weeks of instruction near Columbia, SC he boarded a train on June 17, 1861 with his unit and traveled to Richmond, arriving three days later.Then they railed to Leesburg, Virginia and encamped at 'Camp Carolina' on 23 June. On July 17, 1861 they marched to positions near Manassas, Virginia, about 25 miles west of Washington DC. My ancestor's company was positioned as pickets on the east and west banks of Bull Run, overlooking the Stone Bridge, a key crossing along the Warrenton Turnpike running west from the Union capital.In the early morning hours of July 21 the first shots of the battle were here as Union forces approached the bridge. By late afternoon the First Battle of Manassas (called the First Battle of Bull Run by the Union) ended in a rout of the Union Army.