Bull Run, Va. – July 21, 1861
UNION FORCES LOSE A MAJOR BATTLE
The Union forces were met and turned back by the Confederate power at Bull Run earlier today. The Federal leaders had hoped for a victory here and then an easy march toward the state capital, Richmond. When fighting started on the 18th, it was the Federal troops that pushed back the Confederates. But reinforcements quickly arrived and turned the tide of the fighting. Smashing into the enemy, the Confederates launched wave after wave of brutal assaults, completely shattering any Union attempts to advance. The Federal soldiers had no choice but to withdraw and some of the brigades fled all the way back to Washington. The victory caused much jubilation in the Southern camp.