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Monument to the 1st Minnesota regiment at Gettysburg. The regiment is noted in history for having the highest casualty rate of any surviving military unit in American history during a single engagement. While suffering 215 casualties out of 262 men, they did give the Union army a chance to secure Cemetery Ridge.
The First Battle of Bull Run, also known as First 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. The name of the battle has caused controversy since 1861. The Union Army frequently named battles after significant rivers and creeks that played a role in the fighting; the Confederates generally used the names of nearby towns or farms.