First Bull Run Confederate order of battle

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The following Confederate units and commanders fought in the First Battle of Bull Run on July 21, 1861. The Union order of battle is shown separately. Order of battle compiled from the army organization during the battle[1] and the reports.[2]

Abbreviations used[edit]

Military rank[edit]


Confederate forces[edit]

BG Joseph E. Johnston,[3] Commanding

Army of the Potomac[edit]

BG P. G. T. Beauregard

Organization of the Army of the Potomac

General Staff:

Headquarters Escort:

  • Lay's Squadron (Virginia) Cavalry: Cpt John F. Lay
Brigade Regiments and Others
First Brigade

   BG Milledge L. Bonham

  • 11th North Carolina: Col William W. Kirkland
  • 2nd South Carolina: Col Joseph B. Kershaw
  • 3rd South Carolina: Col James H. Williams
  • 7th South Carolina: Col Thomas G. Bacon
  • 8th South Carolina: Col Ellerbe B. C. Cash
  • 8th Louisiana: Col Henry B. Kelly
  • Wickham's Squadron (Virginia) Cavalry: Cpt Williams C. Wickham
  • 30th Virginia Cavalry, Troops C and G: Col Richard C. W. Radford
  • Munford's Squadron (Virginia) Cavalry: Ltc Thomas T. Munford
  • Alexandria (Virginia) Light Artillery: Cpt Delaware Kemper
  • Richmond Howitzers Battalion Artillery, 1st Battery: Cpt John C. Shields
Second Brigade

   BG Richard S. Ewell

Third Brigade

   BG David R. Jones

Fourth Brigade

   BG James Longstreet

Fifth Brigade

   Col Philip St. George Cocke

Sixth Brigade

   Col Jubal A. Early

Seventh (Demi) Brigade

   Col Nathan G. Evans

  • 1st Louisiana Battalion: Maj Chatham R. Wheat (w)
  • 4th South Carolina: Col John B. E. Sloan
  • 30th Virginia Cavalry, Troops A and I: Cpt William R. Terry
  • Lynchburg (Virginia) Artillery, Second Section: Lt George S. Davidson
Reserve Brigade

   BG Theophilus H. Holmes

Unassigned Infantry

Army of the Shenandoah[edit]

Army of the Shenandoah

BG Joseph E. Johnston

General Staff:

Brigade Regiments and Others
First Brigade

   BG Thomas J. Jackson[4] (w)

Second Brigade

   Col Francis S. Bartow (k)
   Col Lucius J. Gartrell

Third Brigade

   BG Barnard Elliott Bee, Jr. (mw)
   Col States Rights Gist

Fourth Brigade[5]

   BG Edmund Kirby Smith (w)
   Col Arnold Elzey

  • Thomas (Virginia) Artillery: Cpt Philip B. Stanard


  1. ^ The Manassas Campaign, Virginia, July 21, 1861 - Order of battle; Manassas National Battlefield Park - The Battle of First Manassas, Confederate order of battle
  2. ^ Official Records, Series I, Volume II, pages, 1024-1026
  3. ^ Commanded combined Confederate forces (see: Johnston's report)
  4. ^ Wounded but did not leave the field (see: Johnston's report)
  5. ^ The 13th Virginia under Colonel Ambrose P. Hill remained at Manassas Junction (see: F. Ray Sibley, Jr., The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1, The Army of Northern Virginia, page 221/Note 55)


  • Manassas National Battlefield Park - The Battle of First Manassas.
  • Sibley, Jr., F. Ray, The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1, The Army of Northern Virginia, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, 1996. ISBN 0-942597-73-7
  • The Manassas Campaign, Virginia, July 21, 1861.
  • Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Opening Battles, Volume 1 (Pdf), New York: The Century Co., 1887.
  • U.S. War Department, The War of the Rebellion: a Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1880–1901.