jul 12, 1861 - First battle of bull run
Union forces are pitted against confederate forces in a small town in Virginia. Confederates push through the unions right flank. The result was a total loss for the union. The confederates caused a full union retreat straight to Washington. This battle was not only a confidence booster for the south but a moment of realization for the northerners who thought the war would be quick and easy.
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