The First Battle
of Bull Run
Both Southern and Northern Commanders believed they needed several months of training before
they would be able to fight a battle.
President Lincoln grew impatient and ordered the federal army to capture the Confederate
Capital of Richmond, Virginia.
News reporters, the rich, and picnickers sat on a hill overlooking the battle
Thought the war would end on this day with a commanding victory by the North
Confederated dug in on the high ground in front of Bull Run Creek.
The north attacked and seemed to have the early advantage
Union soldiers attacked the Confederate flank, General Thomas Jackson, and his men stopped the assault (Jackson stood under fire like a stonewall)
Union soldiers retreated back toward Washington in disarray, getting tangled with the many
spectators that were fleeing as well.
South itself being a bit disorganized did not pursue, they thought they had the war wrapped
battle convinced most people that the war would last longer than a couple months.