Why was the Battle of Bull Run important to the Civil War?

The First Battle of Bull Run (also known as the First Manassas) was fought on July 21, 1861. It was the first major battle of the Civil War and resulted in a Confederate victory.
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Why did the Confederates won the first battle of Bull Run?

Popular fervor led President Lincoln to push a cautious Brigadier General Irvin McDowell, commander of the Union army in Northern Virginia, to attack the Confederate forces commanded by Brigadier General P.G.T. Beauregard, which held a relatively strong position along Bull Run, just northeast of Manassas Junction.
  • Why did the Confederates won the first battle of Bull Run?

    Popular fervor led President Lincoln to push a cautious Brigadier General Irvin McDowell, commander of the Union army in Northern Virginia, to attack the Confederate forces commanded by Brigadier General P.G.T. Beauregard, which held a relatively strong position along Bull Run, just northeast of Manassas Junction.
  • What did the Battle of Bull Run prove to the north?

    The First Battle of Bull Run was the first major battle of the Civil War. Although the Union forces outnumbered the Confederates, the experience of the Confederate soldiers proved the difference as the Confederates won the battle. The battle took place on July 21, 1861 at the start of the Civil War.
  • What was the first major battle of the Civil War?

    First Battle of Bull Run

Updated: 16th October 2019

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