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Historical Atlas of North America 1861: First Battle of Bull Run

North America 1861

First Battle of Bull Run

The attack on Fort Sumter aroused southern patriotism and encouraged Virginia, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Tennessee to declare for the Confederacy. With the accession of Virginia, the Confederate government moved to Richmond, a city dangerously close to Washington DC. In an attempt to end the war quickly, the Union marched south on the new Confederate capital but was brought to a halt at the First Battle of Bull Run.

 

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