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Chapter 16: The Civil War

Student Web Activity

"Second Battle of Bull Run"

In this chapter you have studied the American Civil War. The conflict affected the lives of every American. From the first shots at Fort Sumter to the signing of the cease-fire agreement in the sitting room of the McLean House in Appomattox Court House, most of the fighting took place in the South. During the first years of the war, Confederate soldiers led by Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson won important battles. One of these was the Second Battle of Bull Run, also known as Second Manassas.

Destination Title: Manassas National Battlefield Park

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Start at the Manassas National Battlefield Park home page.

  • Under the heading "Battlefield History," click on Explore.
  • Read the introduction, and then click on Battle Description under "Second Manassas."
  • Click through the links Before Manassas, The Campaign, August 28, August 29, and August 30 to read about the battle.

Use what you have learned to answer the following questions.

Who was the commander for the Union Army of Virginia?
Who were the commanding officers for the Confederate army?
What error did Pope make on the morning of August 30?
What did the Southern victory at the battle open the way for?
Pretend that you were a soldier at this battle. Write a letter home describing what happened, your role in the battle, and your feelings about the war.
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