Sunday, July 24, 2011

Civil War Series on Sunday - the Battle of Bull Run - July 1861

Civil War Series on Sunday
The Battle of Bull Run
July 1861

A local news article in the Springfield, MO, News-Leader with the title "Union troops overcome at Bull Run" reminds us of the events in our nation 150 years ago. The opening paragraph:

"In July of 1861, northern newspapers pressed President Abraham Lincoln to engage the South and bring a swift end to the rebellion."

It didn't work so well!

The South was victorious, but lost nearly 2,000 soldiers. The North lost nearly 3,000 troops. Were any of your ancestors involved in The First Battle of Bull Run (also known to Confederate forces as the First Battle of Manassas)? Have you written about them? Fell free to post your URL in your comment!  ;-)

Families are Forever!  ;-)


  1. MY Great Grandfather Calvin JONES was at Murphysboro with his brother, whom we lost there. William Harrison JONES.

  2. Thank you for the comment. We'll hear more and more as the Sesquicentennial progresses, I'm sure. ;-)

  3. Great post! Sometimes it takes a while for things to click for me--and somehow this post about a 150 years ago really got me to thinking about the U.S. military history timeline. The Civil War was in it's early stages 150 years ago; WW I had not yet begun 100 years ago; Both WW I and WW II occurred more than 50 years ago . . .

  4. Interesting observations, Sheryl. Thank you for your comments! ;-)