Battle of Big Bethel
On June 10th, 1861, the second major land battle of the Civil War took place on the Virginia peninsula, between the York and James Rivers. Union troops, heading north from Fort Monroe, encountered Confederate lines near Big Bethel Church. The northerners attacked but were repulsed. The Confederates did subsequently fell back to a more defensible position, but this victory gave them confidence that they could hold off the Union Army. Meanwhile, the public and the newspaper in the North were rather put out by this unexpected defeat.
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