Jefferson Davis responds to allegations that he hindered the Confederate army’s ability to march on Washington after Bull Run.
The battle that many hoped would end the war takes place in northern Virginia near a stream named Bull Run.
The Federal army reaches Centreville in northern Virginia, while Joseph E. Johnston’s Confederates slip out of the Shenandoah Valley undetected and head east.
The largest army ever assembled in North America went into motion at 2 p.m., starting the great campaign that many hoped would end the war.
Robert Patterson feebly tries to engage Joseph E. Johnston’s Confederates in the Shenandoah Valley, but Johnston has other ideas.
President Lincoln holds a special cabinet meeting to decide on a plan for immediate offensive operations in northern Virginia.