The Union defeat at Bull Run changed the perspective on the war for everybody in the North. The confidence in a decisive war that would be won with a single battle was shattered. Northern presses spread fabricated stories of rebel barbarity, and Union politicians look for people to blame. In the South, there were no celebrations for the costly victory. The aftermath of Bull Run produced the first signs of the harsh reality of the bloody war that was only beginning.
Chris Calton recounts the controversial history of the Civil War. This is the 16th episode in the third season of Historical Controversies. You may support this podcast financially at Mises.org/SupportHC.