First Battle of Bull Run
By Jake Vogt
Prelude to the Battle
After the battle of Fort Sumter, officials at Washington D.C. wanted a quick and decisive end to the war. General Irvin McDowell then lead 35,000 soldier to take Richmond(Confederate Capital). First he would have to take Manassas a town by Richmond.
On the Confederate side, General Beauregard had 20,000 men at the Manassas Junction. When General McDowell started to advance on him, General Johnston and Holmes came to his aid with a combined 15,000 reinforcements.
The Fighting Starts
A Confederate Victory
Union: About 3,000
Confederacy: Around 2,000
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