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Discover the story of the first official battle of the American Civil War, the First Battle of Manassas, in this captivating audiobook on what transpired on that fateful day of July 21, 1861.

The causes of the American Civil War, which lasted from April 1861 to May 1865, were many and complex. At the heart of the disagreement, however, was slavery. The Southern states of the newly formed but illegal Confederacy were prepared to fight the US federal government to the death to retain their right to keep slaves for their plantations. The election of President Abraham Lincoln in late 1860, whose open intention was to abolish slavery, created a military upheaval south of Washington, DC, and civil war ensued. 

Although other attacks and skirmishes between the North and South occurred before the summer of 1861, it was the First Battle of Manassas (also known as the First Battle of Bull Run) on July 21 of that year that marked the first official engagement of the long war to come. Unfolding in Northeastern Virginia, not far from the American capital, 70,000 men met across the Bull Run River, equally divided between their loyalties to Washington and Richmond - the Confederacy’s capital. 

Although the South was victorious at the First Battle of Manassas, in truth, over the course of the four-year-long, bloody, and destructive civil war, everyone became the loser. 

In this audiobook, you will learn: 

  • Why the American Civil War began
  • What events led up to the First Battle of Manassas
  • Who the main characters of Manassas were
  • What transpired over the days surrounding the battle
  • The outcome and consequences of Manassas.
  • How Manassas was one of the first causes that defined the course of American history

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  • 02-05-22

Just the beginning.

The battle of bull run or the first battle of Manassas was a catastrophe from the beginning. Leaders were overconfident under tested and soldiers were ill-equipped for what was the come. Although the south one best initial battle, it could’ve went either way. Mistakes were made by both sides. This was just the beginning of a war that had a lot riding on it. The egos and their way of life for the southerners, not to mention freedom for African-Americans.. the initial battle covered by captivating history it’s just the beginning. I highly recommend this book and thought it was well tall with great detail to the area the people fighting in their tactics I highly recommend this book. Please forgive any grammatical or punctuational errors as I am blind and dictate my review