Second Battle of Bull Run

The Second Battle of Bull Run in Manassas, Virginia, fought August 29th and 30th, 1862
The Second Battle of Bull Run in Manassas, Virginia, fought August 29th and 30th, 1862

Historical Context

The culmination of the North Virginia campaign in 1862, the Union army led by John Pope faced the Confederates under General Robert E. Lee. Fought near the Bull Run tributary of the Potomac River half of Lee's army under Major General Stonewall Jackson attacked Pope's forces on the 29th with large losses on both sides.

The next day the rest of Lee's army under lieutenant General James Longstreet launched a surprise right flanking attack in what was to be the largest simultaneous mass assault of the war. Pope's forces could only retreat and starve off complete disaster by rearguard action.

Photo Info


Photographer: Currier and Ives
Date taken: August 29, 1862

Source: Wikimedia Commons

Related Events

  • 1862-08-29 Second Battle of Bull Run, fought in Manassas, Virginia begins, Confederate victory (US Civil War)
  • 1862-08-30 Second Battle of Bull Run in Manassas, Virginia ends with a Confederate victory over Union forces

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