Updated 6/12/10

In Podcast #44 the Trekkers take you to the Battle of Bull Run in Manassas, Virginia.  We got several emails from different schools across the state asking us to do a video at this battlefield, and we're glad we listened to you!  This was an amazing place to visit!  Explore the site of the first major battle of the Civil War, find out how Stonewall Jackson got his nickname,  learn why there was so much confusion during fight, and see the actual Bull Run creek that the battle was named after.   You'll also meet the fine fourth grade teachers and students at Mullen Elementary who invited us out to Manassas.  (Be sure to check out their award winning video too). Come on, let's go trekkin'! (P.S. We went back for the 150th anniversary reenactment.  Click here to see it!)

There was one civilian (a non-soldier) killed during the war. Judith Henry was a 84-year old widow who lived in a home right in the middle of the battlefield. She was bedridden and unable to leave.  The soldiers believed snipers were hiding in her windows to fire at them so they shot at the house and killed her. There were also several civilian onlookers who were captured during the battle.  Congressman Alfred Ely of New York was one of the most famous.  He had journeyed out to the battle site along with many others from Washington DC to witness what they thought would be a quick Union victory.  Most stayed in Centreville 5 miles away and watched from a distance through looking glasses.  But Congressman Ely wanted a better view. Unfortunately, he wandered too close and was captured by Confederate soldiers.  He was taken to Libby Prison in Richmond, and was released on Christmas Day six months later.

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Judith Henry’s House after the battle (the soldiers tore it apart for firewood) Image Credits

David in front of the recreated Henry House on the Manassas Battlefield (This clip was edited out of the video :)

Congressman Alfred Ely who was one of the captured onlookers  Image Credits

SOL Correlation:

VS.7 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the issues that divided our nation and led to the Civil War by

  1. a)identifying the events and differences between northern and southern states that divided Virginians and led to secession, war, and the creation of West Virginia;

  2. b)describing Virginia’s role in the war, including identifying major battles that took place in Virginia.