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Manassas National Battlefield Park (Bull Run)

We took a drive to Manassas National Battlefield Park, located in Virginia, about 25 miles southwest of Washington. The park was the scene of the First Battle of Bull Run Ė the first major battle of the American Civil War -- and the Second Battle of Bull Run, in 1861 and 1862, respectively. We spent most of our time at the site of First Bull Run, which was the largest and bloodiest battle in United States history up to that point. Union casualties were 460 killed, 1,124 wounded and 1,312 missing or captured; Confederate casualties were 387 killed, 1,582 wounded and 13 missing. The soldiers were largely a body of young, ill-trained recruits led by inexperienced officers. Second Bull Run left 3,300 dead.

Although we didnít take a lot of pictures, the visit was well worth it and proved to be a sobering experience.
Battlefield at Bull Run
Battlefield at Bull Run
Stone Bridge (rebuilt)
Stone Bridge (rebuilt)
Stone House (1848)
Stone House (1848)
Henry Hill
Henry Hill
Henry House (rebuilt)
Henry House (rebuilt)
Union artillery on Henry Hill
Union artillery on Henry Hill
A reminder
A reminder
Monument to the patriots who fell
Monument to the patriots who fell
Stonewall Jackson, and how he got his name
Stonewall Jackson, and how he got his name
Confederate winter quarters
Confederate winter quarters
Split-rail fences
Split-rail fences
Timeless landscape
Timeless landscape