A small stream of northeast Virginia southwest of Washington, DC, near Manassas. It was the site of two important Civil War battles (July 21, 1861, and August 29–30, 1862), both Confederate victories. They are also known as the Battles of Manassas.
(place) Small stream in NE Va.: site of two Civil War battles (1861 & 1862) in which Union forces were defeated.
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Bull-run Sentence Examples
As senior officer he took command on the field, and at Bull Run (Manassas) (q.v.) won the first important Confederate victory.
Its inaction on the first day of the disastrous second battle of Bull Run led to the general's subsequent disgrace; but it made a splendid fight on the second day to save the army from complete rout, and subsequently shared in the Antietam campaign.
He took part in the campaign of second Bull Run (August 1862), and in November became major-general U.S.V.
He took part in the first battle of Bull Run in 1861, and soon afterwards became chief of artillery in the Washington defences.
The "On to Richmond" appeal, which appeared day after day in The Tribune, was incorrectly attributed to him, and it did not wholly meet his approval; but after the defeat in the first battle of Bull Run he was widely blamed for it.