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Datebook: July 21 – The First Battle of Bull Run 150 Years Ago

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The First Battle of Bull Run, also known as the First Battle of Manassas (the name used by Confederate forces), was fought on July 21, 1861, in Prince William County, Virginia, near the City of Manassas. It was the first major land battle of the American Civil War. Just months after the start of the war at Fort Sumter, the Northern public clamored for a march against the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia, which could bring an early end to the war. Yielding to this political pressure, unseasoned Union Army troops under Brig. Gen. Irvin McDowell advanced across Bull Run against the equally unseasoned Confederate Army under Brig. Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard near Manassas Junction. Both sides were sobered by the violence and casualties of the battle, and they realized that the war would potentially be much longer and bloodier than they had originally anticipated.

It’s Thursday, July 21

Rangers from the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park perform live at the Dover Hotel at Fort Donelson National Battlefield tomorrow at 1 p.m. Also enjoy excerpts from Dr. Nancy J. Dawson’s original production, Stories from da Dirt, during the program. Bring lawn chairs to enjoy period Civil war songs and short historic skits.

Tonight Paducah Parks Service shows the animated movie Megamind at dusk around 8:30 p.m. weather permitting. It’s free and suitable for the family. Concessions will be available for purchase. For comfort bring lawn chairs, blankets and insect repellent. This is the final summer Movie in the Park at the amphitheatre in Noble Park.

Next Monday there’s a free class helping children ages 2 to 9 to prepare for the arrival of a new brother or sister at Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah. This sibling class is 5 to 6 p.m. Monday in the atrium classroom of doctors office building 2. Register at 270-575-2229.

It’s time for you to explore wkms.org and use our interactive community events calendar. Welcome—and thanks!

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