Facts about first battle of bull run

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Battle at Bull Run: A History of the First Major Campaign of the Civil War by William C. Davis

This new and revised edition of Battle at Bull Run: A History of the First Major Campaign of the Civil War (first published in 1977) offers the reader a splendid narrative of the first major battle of the American Civil War. On the 21st of July 1861, 60,000 American soldiers from the North and South met along the banks of Bull Run. In the fighting that followed the Union forces lost 2,900 out of the 20,000 men engaged while the Confederates lost 2,000 out of about 17,000 engaged.

The first half of the book describes the Union and Confederate forces as they muster their men into the first armies of the Civil War. It continues with an outline of the events leading up to the battle and gives you a feeling for, and an understanding of, the main characters involved. Future heroes and leaders of the Civil War come to the fore, such men as `Stonewall Jackson, Jeb Stuart, A.P. Hill, Jubal Early and Joseph E. Johnston for the Confederacy and men like William T. Sherman, Ambrose Burnside and Irvin McDowell for the Union.

The final chapters describe the fighting from Blackburns Ford to the final rout of the Union Forces on the evening of the 21st. The authors description of the intense fighting is gripping and written in such a fluent style that it holds you to the narrative. Although the casualties for this engagement were not significant when compared to those bloody battles that followed you still feel for the individual soldiers who were caught up in this terrible War.

This book is an enjoyable and easy to read story and is well presented by a number of photographs taken at the time of the battle or shortly after. The author has included 8 small, but easy to read maps that help you follow the outline of events during the battle. This book is recommended to any body who has a love for this period of history or to the general reader who likes a good story.
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1ST BULL RUN (MANASSAS) - Ultimate General Civil War - Union Legendary Campaign - 2

Known as the First Battle of Bull Run or Manassas , the engagement began when about 35, Union troops marched from the federal capital in Washington, D.
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First Battle of Bull Run Facts

Civil War battles often had one name in the North , which was usually associated with a prominent nearby physical feature, and another in the South , which was usually derived from the town or city closest to the battlefield. The strategic significance of the location lay in the fact that Manassas was an important railroad junction. Robert E. Lee , commanding the Virginia state forces, was loath to become the aggressor in the expanding conflict and refrained from attacking Washington or supporting Confederate sympathizers in Baltimore. Abraham Lincoln had proclaimed a blockade of Confederate ports April 19 and called for 42, three-year volunteers and 40, more men to join the regular army and navy May 3.

On July 16, , the new Union volunteer army under Brig. Pierre G. Beauregard, drawn up behind Bull Run creek west of Centreville. Beauregard's men defended the strategic railroad junction at Manassas, just west of the creek. A brief skirmish ensured, with light casualties and little result. McDowell made plans to attack the north or left end of Beauregard's line, while making a simultaneous demonstration where the Warrenton Turnpike crossed the creek at a stone bridge. Fighting raged throughout the morning as Confederate forces were driven back to Henry Hill and more Union brigades crossed Bull Run.

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This episode is called the First Battle of Bull Run and is also known as First Manassas, the latter being the name the Confederates used. The battle came about as a result of a Union drive to try and take Richmond, Virginia, the capital of the Confederate states, as it was felt that taking the city would mean an early end to the uprising. Despite the failure of the maneuver, the Union army initially held the advantage. Union progress was stalled by stern resistance from a brigade of Virginian soldiers led by Colonel Thomas J. The Federal numerical supremacy in the battle changed with the arrival by train of Confederate reinforcements under the command of Brigadier General Joseph E.


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    Although the Union forces outnumbered the Confederates, the experience of the Confederate soldiers proved the difference as the Confederates won the battle. The battle took place on July 21, at the start of the Civil War. While his army was attacking General Beauregard's army.

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