Battle of First Manassas (also known as First Bull Run)

Location: Manassas, VA
Dates: July 21, 1861
Union Commander:  Irvin McDowell, Brigadier General
Confederate Commander:  P.G.T. Beauregard, Brigadier General
                                         Joseph Johnston, Brigadier General

Battle Summary:
After the bombardment of Fort Sumter, Virginia promptly pulled out of the Union, bringing Confederate territory right to the Potomac River, and Washington D.C.  In order to protect the capitol, Winfield Scott put Brigadier General Irvin McDowell in charge of the Washington defenses.  While regiments from the northern states arrived in Washington D.C., Irvin McDowell built extensive defensive lines south of the Potomac, on Confederate soil.....   More>>>>

Union guns at Henry House Hill.

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