155 Years Since The First Battle of Bull Run

Call it what you will – First Bull Run or First Manassas – it was the battle that awakened America to the horrors of Civil War. Until that hot July day, war had been parades, flashy uniforms, bad food, the novelty of camp life, and attempts at military drill. July 21, 1861, would change the ideal of war by introducing reality.

However, the fighting and carnage did not break either side’s resolve, rather it boosted Confederate morale with a victory and outraged the Union. Clearly, the war was not going to finish in 90 days.

July 21, 1861

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Henry House Hill, Manassas

Henry House Hill, Manassas

About Sarah Kay Bierle

I’m Sarah Kay Bierle, historian, living history enthusiast, and historical fiction writer. When sharing history, I try to keep the facts interesting and understandable. History is about real people, real actions, real effects and it should inspire us today.
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