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The Battle of Bull Run
(16 - 21 July 1861)
Written in 1861 by Horace Greeley
Order item B382
FORMAT: PRINT ONLY
The book is 17 pages, soft cover with a plastic comb binding, and available for $5.98 plus $3.99 shipping & handling charge (Add $1.00 S&H for each additional volume ordered).
When Fort Sumter, in Charleston Harbor, was bombarded and compelled to surrender (April 12-13, 1861), it could no longer be doubted that war was inevitable, and President Lincoln called for seventy-five thousand volunteers to suppress the insurrection. These were forthcoming without delay--in fact, more were offered than could be accepted. Most of those from the Western States were concentrated at Cairo, Illinois, while those from the Eastern States were forwarded to Washington.
As soon as these were uniformed and armed, there was an impatient popular demand that they be marched against the enemy without delay, regardless of the fact that they needed thorough organization and discipline in order to become an effective army. The most noticeable form of this demand was the cry "On to Richmond !" which appeared first in the New York Tribune, edited by Horace Greeley, whose narrative of the consequent battle we give herewith.
The important effect of that battle was not purely military; for as soon as the people of the North had recovered from their surprise at the defeat, they set to work to make stronger and better preparations for continuing the conflict. The correspondents of European papers wrote it up in such a way as to convince their readers that there could be no doubt as to the speedy triumph of the Confederacy, and this enabled the Confederate Government to sell bonds in Europe and thus raise funds for carrying on the war.
At the same time the victory confirmed the Southern people in their belief that the South was invincible. Thus this battle--the greatest, up to that time, that had ever been fought on this continent--had an important influence in prolonging the contest.
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