Category Archives: Battles

First Battle of Bull Run

The First Battle of Bull Run was the first of many major battles of the American Civil War.  This battle took place just a little north of Manassas, Virginia on July 21, 1861.  It is also known as the First Battle of Manassas.   

The First Battle of Bull Run occurred just a few short months after the initial start of the Civil War, which was the attack on Fort Sumter in Charleston, SC.  The First Battle of Bull Run ended up being a bloody battle with many losses and casualties on both sides, and highlighted the weaknesses of untrained and unprepared military personnel.  It ended up being a victory for the Confederate army and boasted morale and confidence throughout the southern states.

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The Battle of Antietam

The Civil War was one of the bloodiest wars in all of American history.  Of all the battles fought during the war, the Battle at Antietam was one of the bloodiest battles.

The Battle of Antietam, which is also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg, was fought near Sharpsburg, Maryland on September 17, 1862.  In that one single day in September, almost 23,000 soldiers died, were injured, were captured, or were reported missing.  It was an unforgettable day in American history, as it is remembered as the single most bloody day ever on American soil.

The Battle of Antietam was the first battle fought on Union territory during the Civil War.  Neither the Union nor the Confederate armies are said to have “won” this particular battle, due to the large number of casualties and injuries on both sides.

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