The Guns of Bull Run

A Story of the Civil War's Eve

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Published: 1914
Language: English
Wordcount: 91,098 / 258 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 54.5
LoC Category: PS
Series: Civil War
Downloads: 2,529 562

The first in a series of four, this gives a picture of events which prefaced the war and ends with the battle of Bull Run. The hero, who is very strong and brave, is a southern boy, the great-grandson of the renowned Henry Ware and the son of a West Point man. He hears the first gun at Fort Sumter, is present at the inauguration of Davis, and goes on various dangerous missions. Southern side, unprejudiced and not gory.

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ountaineer and Guide. JULIEN DE LANGEAIS, A Musician and Soldier from Louisiana. JOHN CARRINGTON, Famous Northern Artillery Officer. DR. RUSSELL, Principal of the Pendleton School. ARTHUR TRAVERS, A Lawyer. JAMES BERTRAND, A Messenger from the South. JOHN NEWCOMB, A Pennsylvania Colonel. JOHN MARKHAM, A Northern Officer. JOHN WATSON, A Northern Contractor. WILLIAM CURTIS, A Southern Merchant and Blockade Runner. MRS. CURTIS, Wife of William Curtis. HENRIETTA GARDEN, A Seamstress in Richmond. DICK JONES, A North Carolina Mountaineer. VICTOR WOODVILLE, A Young Mississippi Officer. JOHN WOODVILLE, Father of Victor Woodville. CHARLES WOODVILLE, Uncle of Victor Woodville. COLONEL BEDFORD, A Northern Officer. CHARLES GORDON, A Southern Staff Officer. JOHN LANHAM, An Editor. JUDGE KENDRICK, A Lawyer. MR. CULVER, A State Senator. MR. BRACKEN, A Tobacco Grower. ARTHUR WHITRIDGE, A State Senator.


ABRAHAM LINCOLN, President of the United States. JEFFERSON DAVIS, President of the South


Average Rating of 4 from 3 reviews: ****

Good book, but beware of some historical fudging by the author. He speaks of Wheeling being in West Virginia before that part of the state seceded from Virginia, and of a young Confederate scout viewing the massive dome of the Capitol in Washington in June 1861 -- before the dome was completed. Still, a good read if you don't read too closely.


Although basically written for a young audience (through teenhood), "The Guns of Bull Run" will captivate readers of almost any age who enjoy high adventure and good historical settings. And what greater historical setting than the War Between the States?

This books is actually one of nine that Altsheler wrote dealing with the war, from Bull Run (Manassas, to Southerners) to Appomattox.


I read the Civil War Series twice when I was in the fifth and sixth grade. My father read them when he was a teenager. I am passing these books on to my niece and nephews. I am now in my 50's and am enjoying reading these books again.
I grew up considering him one of my best authors. I always felt that I was there with his characters.

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