What happened here?
President Lincoln pushed the leader of the Union army to attack the confederate forces, which were stationed along Bull Run. On July 21st, 1861, both armies had plans to attack the other. However, both had problems that caused delays in the fighting. Union soldiers began shooting at the confederate forces. When reinforcements for the confederate soldiers arrived, they fought back harder and pushed the union army back until they retreated to Washington, helping the Confederates win the battle.