This student film will debut May 25 at Manassas National Battlefield Park. Shortly after, it will be available on YouTube and other Web sites as part of the “Of the Student, by the Student, for the Student” hands-on learning programs offered by the Journey Through Hallowed Ground (www.hallowedground.org), a nonprofit historical organization.
Confederates often named battles after a nearby village or railroad station: That’s why this was the “First Battle of Manassas.” Union forces often used natural landmarks, such as nearby streams: That’s why they called the same event “The Battle of Bull Run.”
Civilians thought it would be good entertainment to watch the battle, so they dressed up and brought picnic baskets to nearby hills. Ten hours and thousands of casualties later, they learned the reality of war.