Confederates under Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson approaches the Federal supply depot at Manassas Junction, as John Pope remains unaware of the Confederates’ objective.
John Pope misses an opportunity to claim an easy Federal victory in northern Virginia, and Robert E. Lee hurries to form a plan of attack before Federal numbers become too overwhelming.
Confederate cavalry commander Jeb Stuart seeks revenge for a recent Federal ambush and exacts more damage than even he intended.
Robert E. Lee plans to attack the Federal Army of Virginia while posted between two rivers, but Federal commander John Pope learns of Lee’s plan.
John Pope sends his Federal army probing southward from northern Virginia, while Robert E. Lee determines that Pope is the main threat to his Confederate army.
June 12, 1864 – The Federal Army of the Potomac began moving to cross the James River below Richmond, while General Robert E. Lee struggled