Second Bull Run

August 29, 1862

Screenshot of a game of Second Bull Run in progress.

Near the same battlefield of a year earlier, Union commander John Pope's Army of Virginia skirmished repeatedly with Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. In the late morning of August 29, 1862, Pope found his army in a classical position: Lee's force was split into two wings, and Pope's army lay squarely between them. With aggressive action, Pope could destroy each Confederate force in turn.

Pope hurled two corps against Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson's men, dug in along an unfinished railroad cut. Soon many Confederates were reduced to hurling rocks at Pope's men. But while Pope ignored the other Confederate wing and failed to concentrate his forces, Lee had quickly gathered his other corps, led by James Longstreet, and sent them into Pope's flank in a crushing attack that nearly destroyed the Union army. Only Union Gen. 'Fighting Joe' Hooker's sharp rearguard action kept Lee from ending the war in what many historians call his finest battle as commander.

To play this game

Number of Hexes: 588
Number of Units: 92
Number of Game Turns: 16
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Second Bull Run Game Map
Hot Seat Mode
All players can complete the first two turns in Hot Seat mode. Only members can complete the whole game in hot-seat mode or against other HexWar members
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