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July 21, 1861

The First Battle of Bull Run Begins
in the American Civil War

On this day in 1861, the First Battle of Bull Run began in the American Civil War. The First Battle of Bull Run (also known as the First Battle of Manassas by the Confederates), was the first major land battle of the American Civil War.  It was fought in Manassas, Virginia, only about 30 miles from Washington DC.

Although initially the Confederate army was pushed back, in the afternoon, Confederate reinforcements arrived and broke the Union right flank sending the Union troops fleeing in panic.  Few expected the level of violence and number of casualties during the battle and when the dust had settled, both sides realized that the war may last longer than originally expected.