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The Confederates occupied a defensive position along the southern bank of a meandering river called Bull Run. With the bulk of his forces on his right, Beauregard planned to attack the Union left flank, but a little after sunrise on July 21, Union artillery was heard to the North. McDowell had moved first.
With three divisions, McDowell crossed at Sudley Ford and was pushing the only Confederate brigade on the left flank back, before Bee, Bartow, and Jackson marched to its support. At about 2 p.m., the Confederate line reformed along the reverse slope of Henry House Hill, with Jackson in command. Bee, encouraged by Jackson, shouted to the men in his command, “Look! There is Jackson standing like a stone wall! Rally behind the Virginians!” Thereafter, Jackson was known as “Stonewall Jackson” and his troops as the “Stonewall Brigade”.
The Union attack was halted, and a bitter struggle ensued for control of the hill. With the arrival of fresh troops, the Confederate line began to gain the upper hand and the Union forces withdrew. The Confederates had won the first major engagement of the Civil War.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.
July 21, 1861
First Battle of Bull Run
The First Battle of Bull Run, also known as the First Battle of Manassas, was the first major battle of the American Civil War and was a Confederate victory. The battle was fought on July 21, 1861 in Prince William County, Virginia, just north of the city of Manassas and about 30 miles west-southwest of Washington, D.C. The Union's forces were slow in positioning themselves, allowing Confederate reinforcements time to arrive by rail. Each side had about 18,000 poorly trained and poorly led troops in their first battle. It was a Confederate victory, followed by a disorganized retreat of the Union forces.
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