Battle scene – groups of soldiers approaching center from left and right with weapons drawn. American flag raised in center.
The Second Battle of Bull Run was fought between August 28 and August 30, 1862. It was the culmination of an offensive campaign waged by Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia against Union Major General John Pope’s Army of Virginia, and a battle of much larger scale and numbers than the First Battle of Bull Run. The result of the battle was an overwhelming Confederate victory, but the Union army was left largely intact in comparison to Irvin McDowell’s army after the First Battle of Bull Run/Manassas. Like in other Civil War prints, although the battle was a Southern success, Currier & Ives prominently featured the American flag over the Confederate flag. The overall scene is of relative order, with regimented lines of troops stretching into the background of the composition. In the front, however, hand-to-hand fighting wages.