Hi Everyone -

Please join us for the next in our regular monthly series of free
Department of the Interior Library Park Ranger Speaker Series lectures,
entitled "The Battle of First Manassas" on Tuesday, June 21st from 1:00 -
1:45 pm in the Department of the Interior Library.

On July 16, 1861, the untried Union army under Brig. Gen. Irvin McDowell
marched from Washington against the Confederate army, which was drawn up
behind Bull Run beyond Centreville. On the 21st, McDowell crossed at Sudley
Ford and attacked the Confederate left flank on Matthews Hill. Fighting
raged throughout the day as Confederate forces were driven back to Henry
Hill. Late in the afternoon, Confederate reinforcements extended and broke
the Union right flank. The Federal retreat rapidly deteriorated into a
rout. Although victorious, Confederate forces were too disorganized to
pursue. McDowell was relieved of command of the Union army and replaced by
Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan, who set about reorganizing and training the

Join Manassas National Battlefield Museum Specialist Greg Wolf as he
describes the events of the Battle of First Manassas. See how the first
major battle following the formation of the Confederacy convinced the
Lincoln administration that this rebellion would indeed become a long and
costly Civil War.

All that are interested are invited.  The DOI Library is located in the
Main Interior Building, located at 1849 C Street, NW, Room 1151 in
Washington.  Space is limited so please contact the Library by phone at
(202) 208-5815 or by e-mail at [log in to unmask] to let us know you will be
coming.    For more information about future DOI Library Park Ranger
Speaker Series programs, we encourage you to visit our Park Ranger Speaker
Series website at

We hope to see you on June 21st!

George Franchois
U.S. Dept. of the Interior Library
1849 C Street, NW, MS 1151
Washington, DC  20240
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Phone: (202) 208-3796
Fax: (202) 208-6773