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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Bull Run 150

Battle of Bull Run–July 1861. New York, 1863. AMs 834/16

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the First Battle of Bull Run/First Manassas, the first major land battle of the Civil War. This is the battle where Stonewall Jackson received his nickname and where civilians and Congressmen came down from Washington to be spectators at the event (one N.Y. Congressman got too close and was captured by the Confederates.) The Rosenbach's Civil War Begins exhibit closed on Sunday, but you can check out selections from Confederate General P. G. T. Beauregard's report on Manassas at our Civil War Today website.

If you'd like an introduction to the battle, check out a great page at the Civil War Trust which includes a summary, an animated map, and even photos of the battlefield. Or if you have plans to be in northern Virginia any time soon, there's even an app for that--check out the Bull Run Iphone App, also from the Civil War Trust.

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