th confederates did not have the resources to follow up on first manassas. they were lucky to win the battle at all. they had a sure win, however, if they had been willing to free their slaves, on the provision that they evacuate the country and go to the northern states. that would have had the federal govement begging for peace. the southerners, however, just like our dear obama voters, were accustomed to living off the sweat of another man's brow, and were not about to give up their mastery of others. our obama voters feel the same way. they are entitled to the fruits of the labor of others.