Updated 7/25/11

Alfonso and David went back to watch the 150th anniversary reenactment of the Battle of Bull Run on July 23, 2011 (the battle occurred on July 21, 1861).  See authentic Civil War uniforms, hear the gun and cannon fire, listen to an army band... and that’s about it.  The Trekkers couldn’t take the heat so this is a short video.  Even though it was hot on the day of the actual battle in 1861 (according to primary sources at the time, it was about 80 degrees that day), it was much hotter in 2011.  Temperatures were around 100 degrees and with the heat index it felt like 115 degrees (Source).  So we apologize for not getting more footage for you, but at least  you can enjoy some of it.  Come on, let’s go trekkin’!  P.S. We visited Mount Vernon the same day so check that out!

The 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Bull Run was a HUGE event!  There were over 8,000 reenactors, 350 calvary horses, and 50 cannons on the battlefield (source)!  An estimated 11,000 people were watching, and they drank 35,000 bottles of water!  (The Trekkers are confident that they recycled those bottles).  The 100th anniversary of the battle held in 1961 attracted so many onlookers that the battlefield could not accommodate them all, and a federal law was written prohibiting reenactments on national parks.   That’s why the 150th reenactment did not occur on the actual battle site, but on nearby private property.

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Piedmont Region

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.