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Bulls Run
My 4th in my Tribute to America™ series depicting the battle of Bulls Run in the beginning of the long and bloody civil war.
About this creation
July 17, 1861



In the middle of July, two forces collided outside Washington in the countryside of Manassas, VA. The two armies were the Union and Confederates. Not long before that date, the southern states of the USA seceded and declared themselves as an independent country. The Southern states(Confederate) were then so bold as to attack Fort Sumpter because they wanted the land. This started the bloodiest and most tragic war in American history. Now that the background is clarified, we can proceed to the present. The Confederate states, with an amy under the command of General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard, marched on the Union capitol of Washington at the command of Confederate president Jefferson Davis. Union president Abraham Lincoln ordered General Irvin McDowell to meet them with his untrained, untested, army. The northern newspapers demanded a quick victory, but little did they know of the long bloody war ahead of them...



Thousands of Civilians poured out of Washington and the surrounding countryside in parades and parties in expectation of the bloodless, quick, fun, fight. Some picnicked on nearby hills while others waited down in the battle-field itself.



The two armies arrived and the battle commenced. McDowell split his force in to two and sent 18,000 men under the command of Major General Robert Patterson to the northern flank and attack the main Confederate army under Beauregard from the side.



McDowell split his force again and sent Daniel Tyler to take the stone bridge that held a route into the rear of the Southern force. Tyler made his way across the bridge and attacked. However he was driven back across the bridge and pinned there.



The southern forces held out long enough. General Johnston's regiment boarded the train at Manassas station and arrived at the battle field. With these fresh troops and a now much swelled army, the confederates succeeded to drive the Union back until a retreat was sounded.



The southern forces chose not to press because of their losses. The bedraggled Union army made its way through the shocked and horrified supporters and marched back to Washington.



All right this professor stuff is killing me. Back to the stuff that matters. That's right, humor. Like all good officers this one chooses to lead from the back. Just recently I have come to realize the effectiveness of rubber bands, on minifigs especially








This creation was also something of an experiment for me. I tried a new technique on the rocks along the sides, in attempt of giving it that slate, strata look. I like it except it has to be in the right circumstance to be used.








The dead soldiers are always fun to do. The leg posing on this one is a new idea I tried.



And here she is! My pride and joy of this MOC, I present for your consideration the Bonnet! Seriously though, it is one of my favorite parts. It is actually fairly tricky to do unfortunately. It just involves a Brickforge turban combined with a rubber band.



Here is the major cause of the war. The North was in general anti-slavery while the south needed them as a way of life. The north tried to impose their beliefs on the south and the war began.



Those of you who have it will recognize the Fire Brigade flag.







Union casualties numbered:2,896=460 killed, 1,124 wounded, 1,312 captured/missing.



Confederate casualties numbered:1,982=387 killed, 1,582 wounded, 13 missing.







I love this shirt. The design in the front and it has a design in the back as well.







I retained the trees from my Suburban Family House for my upcoming project which you see here.




Another type of birds nest, differing from my normal ones.



The camera is also a highlight of mine. The gunpowder rod(top left)is the flash, the cape protects the film from light, and the lens is hopefully self explanatory.



And another shot of the bonnet!

I needed to rant about this a little bit so here goes. The fact that those spectators came to watch one of the bloodiest, most horrific battles for sheer sport sickens me to this day. Is America so unlike the barbarian Rome where innocents are eaten alive to the enjoyment of those watching? Death is NEVER entertainment. If you think it is, then die, come back to life and tell me if it was fun.


Previously in TTA

#3.Fort McHenry
#2.Bunker Hill
#1.Lexington

Thanks for stopping by.
God bless,
And God bless America!
~Blake

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Comments

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  December 22, 2011
I just watched the movie Gettysburg last night, so similar images are fresh on my mind. Your build is incredible. The horrors of war...
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  October 28, 2011
Great MOC! I like the creative techniques!
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  September 23, 2011
Awesome Job Blake!!
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  September 23, 2011
Awesome Job Blake!!
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  July 11, 2011
Great work on composition of the scene, the panic is obvious from the start. Those details really makes it all work.
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  July 3, 2011
That is very well realized!
  May 3, 2011
"It took the North 3 days to march down to Bull Run, it took them 24 hrs to run back in panic." lol
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  April 22, 2011
awesome creation!I just joined this group today,and tommarow i am going to release my battle of britain moc.Awesome creation again.
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  March 31, 2011
Quoting Matthew Novosad
Quoting Blake Baer Okay I am extremely confused. Not only did the topic of Greek and Roman take up half your comment but I only mentioned it once!;) also just because the Greeks coined the word doesn't mean it can't apply to others. Thanks for all the comments!
Haha alright thanks for the clarification! I think I understand now. I'm one who prefers the older meanings of words, and I normally go off babbling about random things about history. The Roman/car crash thing was something my history teacher was talking about when we were studying the Romans. I understand why my comment can seem kinda confusing.
Haha alright thanks for the clarification! I think I understand now.
  March 31, 2011
Quoting Blake Baer Okay I am extremely confused. Not only did the topic of Greek and Roman take up half your comment but I only mentioned it once!;) also just because the Greeks coined the word doesn't mean it can't apply to others. Thanks for all the comments!
I'm one who prefers the older meanings of words, and I normally go off babbling about random things about history. The Roman/car crash thing was something my history teacher was talking about when we were studying the Romans. I understand why my comment can seem kinda confusing.
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  March 16, 2011
Oh, I quoted you in my Guillotine MOC. This is the quote I used: "Death is NEVER entertainment. If you think it is, then die, come back to life and tell me if it was fun." I hope you don't mind. If you do, I can remove it.
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  March 15, 2011
Actually, the Greeks called anyone that didn't speak Greek or practice Hellenistic culture barbarians. The modern use of the word comes from this fact because western culture is VERY hellenized. SO... now many consider those who are not influenced by Greek culture barbarians. However, according to Webster's definition, "barbarian" in the actual sense of the word, means an uncultured or brutish person. The uncultured part has it's roots with Hellenism and the Greeks. Sorry about this ridiculously long comment. I've probably either answered all your questions, or you're ten times as confused as you were.
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  February 17, 2011
Hey Blake, don't you want to join my team for the MOC Athalon? I'd really, really appreciate it. This time we would 'fight' side by side.
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  February 14, 2011
Hi Blake. Where did you get the trumpet? Great job love the bonnet.
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  February 11, 2011
Haha all right! Just because I have already explained and people still haunt me, I shall explain again. I firmly agree that slavery is not the only singular reason for the war. States rights as well as constitutional encroachment are others. Secondly. Bulls Run is a slang given by certain areas of the north to the battle of Bull Run(or Manasass).
Quoting Matthew Novosad Noice, but don't forget that there were multiple battles of Bull's Run. And the Romans, just like today, were attracted to misery. Haven't you ever seen a car accident and wanted to see if anyone died and stuff like that? The Romans weren't Barbarians, to the Greeks they were though. Barbaros, the Greek root to Barbarian means "Non-Greek speaker". Now I have just been boring you. :P. Oh, and there were a lot more main reasons to the American Civil War then just Slavery. They linked, but there were others. Anyway, cool MOC.
Okay I am extremely confused. Not only did the topic of Greek and Roman take up half your comment but I only mentioned it once!;) also just because the Greeks coined the word doesn't mean it can't apply to others. Thanks for all the comments!
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  February 10, 2011
great moc. however, some minor wrong details. It is known as the battle of Bull Run (no s in bull) in the north, named for the creek. In the south, it was known as the battle of manassas. Also, ending slavery was NOT the main goal of the war. Lincoln went into the war only to preserve the union. ending slavery became a goal only after over a year through the war.
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  February 10, 2011
Great MOC! As with all of you MOCs detailing American History the one thing I notice is the flag. I know its pretty simple, but I like it. Doesn't really matter if its historically accurate, all you've really done is summarize what most people know about the Civil War and the Battle of Bull Run. Nonetheless, this MOC was informative and neat. You never cease to amaze people with you MOCs representing American History. It's something I've ALWAYS wanted to do, but found I lacked a real plan. Enough of my silly ranting. Great MOC!
Blake Baer
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A Dying Breed (Formerly Chris Blizard)
  February 6, 2011
Love this MOC! I agree, slavery wasn't the only issue in the war...states rights was the main one. FYI I'm on the Southern Side...go CSA!
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  February 6, 2011
Wow! Nice job recreating a moment from this horrific, historical, battle of the Civil War.
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  February 6, 2011
AWESOME! the only thing i dont like is the water, it needs to be more blue, to distinguish that it is,..... water.
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  February 6, 2011
love the bridge, cannon, and the bonnet! not sure how you made it, but it looks cool!
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  February 6, 2011
Noice, but don't forget that there were multiple battles of Bull's Run. And the Romans, just like today, were attracted to misery. Haven't you ever seen a car accident and wanted to see if anyone died and stuff like that? The Romans weren't Barbarians, to the Greeks they were though. Barbaros, the Greek root to Barbarian means "Non-Greek speaker". Now I have just been boring you. :P. Oh, and there were a lot more main reasons to the American Civil War then just Slavery. They linked, but there were others. Anyway, cool MOC.
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  February 6, 2011
This is definitely one of my favorite MOCs on this website. I love every thing about it, especially the camera and the bonnet. Ingenious use of the turban (if only I had purchased a white one). The trees, the creek and the bridge alone would have made a great landscape. I don't find death entertaining, and your comment on the subject was great! Keep up the good work!
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  February 6, 2011
Really cool ideas! Can't believe, that you used a bf-turban for the woman's hat! Great job!!
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  February 6, 2011
Wow, so detailed. And the tree is awesome.
Blake Baer
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Thomas N
  February 5, 2011
Excellent work, one quick correction before anyone else notices, Fort Sumter was a northern fort (on an island in Charleston harbor), the Confederates actually attacked it first to try and kick the union soldiers stationed there out. The fact that the south attacked a northern possession first was instrumental in allowing Lincoln to gain support for the war, because the north didn't attack first, unlike what you have stated above. ~T
Blake Baer
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re Fridgeratory
  February 5, 2011
Very, very, nice. Love the camera, bonnet, an the water and bridge combo. The fact that people went to the battlefield to watch also sickens me. DEATH IS NOT FUN PEOPLE! And I also want to correct you on one thing: the battle was known as BULL run, not BULLS run.
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  February 5, 2011
I just love the feel of this moc, as well as that bridge. Lol, I still can't believe people would actually have picnics to watch the battle during that horrible day. It's basically like watching TV.
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  February 5, 2011
Cool, I like the camera.!!
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  February 5, 2011
Very good! As you may know, the battle of Mannassas (1st Bull Run) is what got the attention of the Union that the Confederacy was not just some little threat. It was also where my favorite General of the war, Thomas Jackson, got his nickname "Stonewall." You should do a scene where his brigade does the charge down the hill to give them the "bayonet". One of my favorite parts of all the battles of the war is Jackson's part on Henry House Hill. One thing-please change the name to Bull Run. Great Work!
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  February 5, 2011
I didn't think they had black guys that early in the war.
  February 5, 2011
Great build. If any of you have ever read "Uncle Toms Cabin" you will realize how evil slavery rely was. I think, and know, that slavery was a reason the Civil War was started. Not a big issue that you put that. I do believe that the slavery is one of the reasons that there were disputes. Have you ever considered doing Gettysburg?
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  February 5, 2011
Working your way up through the ages, I see. The build itself is spectacular, but the including of historical facts and whatnot makes it all the better. I must say, though, t'wasn't the bonnet that had me as impressed as the purdy belle a-wearin' it!
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  February 5, 2011
Nice work on all the details, the camera in particular. And, as Yuri says, "War is awesome as long as it's not the real thing."
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  February 5, 2011
Amazing! Such a large collection at such a young age!
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  February 5, 2011
Quoting Blake Baer Dang it Mark I bet you're right! Slavery however was a major component. My wording is probably in question though.
Calling it a "major issue" would probably be more accurate, at least in my opinion. I won't deny that slavery was a contributing factor in the war.
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  February 5, 2011
Quoting W. Mark Great landscaping, I really like the work on the riverbanks and the posing of all the minifigures. One mistake, though... unless I'm greatly mistaken, the key issue behind the Civil War was the states' rights, not slavery.
Dang it Mark I bet you're right! Slavery however was a major component. My wording is probably in question though.
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  February 5, 2011
That camera is genius! I love the white bark trees too.
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  February 5, 2011
Great build. Cool techniques and fantastic landscaping there along the creek! I might have to use that idea some time...
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  February 5, 2011
Great landscaping, I really like the work on the riverbanks and the posing of all the minifigures. One mistake, though... unless I'm greatly mistaken, the key issue behind the Civil War was the states' rights, not slavery.
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  February 5, 2011
Quoting Thomas N Excellent work, one quick correction before anyone else notices, Fort Sumter was a northern fort (on an island in Charleston harbor), the Confederates actually attacked it first to try and kick the union soldiers stationed there out. The fact that the south attacked a northern possession first was instrumental in allowing Lincoln to gain support for the war, because the north didn't attack first, unlike what you have stated above. ~T
Haha wow. My fault. I must be more tired than I thought because I knew that I just didn't write that! I'll fix it. Thanks for the tip!
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  February 5, 2011
Very good, I agree that the bonnet is one of the best parts. The tree and the landscaping is great too. And just the not done so often theme and setting earn points in my book. Verry well done.
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  February 5, 2011
Wow...Can you check out some of mine? Thanks.
 
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