The battle that many hoped would end the war takes place in northern Virginia near a stream named Bull Run.
Robert Patterson feebly tries to engage Joseph E. Johnston’s Confederates in the Shenandoah Valley, but Johnston has other ideas.
Various detachments of Federal and Confederate forces maneuver toward a confrontation in Unionist western Virginia.
George B. McClellan comes to take personal command of Federals in western Virginia as Confederates try to strengthen their defenses.
Confederates abandon Harpers Ferry in northwestern Virginia as Federals cautiously prepare to enter that part of the state.
Joseph E. Johnston takes command of Confederates at Harpers Ferry, Va., and soon learns that the place is highly vulnerable to attack.