"Today Will Be Known As Black Monday"

         The First Battle of Bull Run

Even as the smoke from Fort Sumter began to clear, people across the country held their collective breath as they waited to see what would come next. What did come was a massive rush to arms as men from the North and the South streamed to defend their cause. Men of both sides saw it as the potential for a grand adventure, and most thought the war would be over after one battle. This idea would changed after one bloody day in July of 1861

 Opening June 1, 2011, a new exhibit in the Pearce Museum will tell the story of the First Battle of Bull Run and the days afterwards through first-hand accounts of the men who lived it. Housed in the center section of the Civil War Gallery, “’Today will be known as Black Monday:’ The First Battle of Bull Run,” will be on display until October 31, 2011. Make plans this summer to come and discover the story of the first major engagement of the Civil War.
The Pearce Museum at Navarro College is located in the Cook Center 3100 W. Collin Street in Corsicana. It is open to the public 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 12 p.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information about the museum and the exhibition, call 903-875-7438. General admission required.