The First Battle of Bull Run (the name used by Union forces), also known as the Battle of First Manassas (the name used by Confederate forces), was the first major battle of the American Civil War and was a Confederate victory. The battle was fought on July 21, 1861, in Prince William County, Virginia, just north of the city of Manassas and about 30 miles west-southwest of Washington, D.C. The Union's forces were slow in positioning themselves, allowing Confederate reinforcements time to arrive by rail. Each side had about 18,000 poorly trained and poorly led troops in their first battle. It was a Confederate victory, followed by a disorganized retreat of the Union forces.
Summer of ‘89
General Bib and General Baillie decided to have a go at the recreation of that epic event in American history through war gaming a la H G Wells.
Confederate General Stonewall Bib true to form stood her ground and repulsed the Union attack of General Baillie.
Henry House Hill
As they retreated from their Matthews Hill position, the remainder of Evans's, Bee's, and Bartow's commands received some cover from Capt. John D. Imboden and his battery of four 6-pounder guns, who held off the Union advance while the Confederates attempted to regroup on Henry House Hill. They were met by generals Johnston and Beauregard, who had just arrived from Johnston's headquarters at the M. Lewis Farm
The capture of the Union guns turned the tide of battle. Although McDowell had brought 15 regiments into the fight on the hill, outnumbering the Confederates two to one, no more than two were ever engaged simultaneously. Jackson (splayed by General Bib) continued to press his attacks, telling soldiers of the 4th Virginia Infantry, "Reserve your fire until they come within 50 yards! Then fire and give them the bayonet! And when you charge, yell like furies!" For the first time, Union troops heard the disturbing sound of the Rebel yell. At about 4 p.m., the last Union troops were pushed off Henry House Hill by a charge of two regiments from Col. Philip St. George Cocke's brigade.
At the Rebel Yell General Baillie realised that it was time to recreated the “The Great Skedaddle.”
A Confederate victory!
After breakfast we headed out. We got in the car and we drove up to Gettysburg, my dream had come true. It all seemed so familiar and emotional.
We cover 1300 miles, countless historical sites and battlefields (including Manassas above) and toured all the way to Appomattox Court House (below) and then back along the Blue Ridge to Baltimore.
For me it was a journey of a lifetime. I was just a breath away in time and on sacred soil.