Battle of bull run

July 16,1861 This was the first major land battle of the war in Virginia Gen. Irvin McDowell marched from Washington against the Confederate army which was behind Bull Run beyond Centerville. Fighting raged throughout the day as Confederate forces were driven back to Henry Hill. The battle of bull run was the first major land battle of the American Civil War.It was a confederate victoryWhich ended the unions hopes for a Quick end to the war.