Confederate hopes fade on the Virginia Peninsula as the Federals continue to gather in overwhelming numbers outside Yorktown.
George B. McClellan begins the Federal advance up the Virginia Peninsula but becomes outraged when part of his army is held back from joining him.
General-in-Chief George B. McClellan develops a plan of attack and defends his military secrecy to increasingly skeptical politicians and subordinates.
Desperate for action, Abraham Lincoln calls a meeting of the Army of the Potomac’s top brass without General-in-Chief George B. McClellan.
News of the previous day’s Confederate victory at Bull Run prompts celebrations in the South and depression in the North.
The battle that many hoped would end the war takes place in northern Virginia near a stream named Bull Run.