This is coolbert:
From the Chicago Tribune only today, the CHICAGO FLASHBACK section of the Sunday edition. thanks to Stephan Benzkofer
Accounts from the newspaper as was reported one hundred fifty years ago, the Second Battle of Manassas [Bull Run]. Victory for the Army of North Virginia [R.E. Lee commanding], defeat for the Union Army of the Potomac [John Pope commanding].
"THE CIVIL WAR 150 YEARS AGO"
"Flashback is commemorating the War Between the States by reprinting portions of the news coverage from significant battles"
"Second Battle of Bull Run"
From Aug. 28-30, 1862, Confederate forces again routed the Union army at Manassas, Va.
John Pope and his Union army out-maneuvered and just plain out-fought, almost a replica of what had occurred a year earlier , the nation's capital [Washington D.C.] in jeopardy of capture, the entire cause of the Federals in doubt!!
Various headlines from that edition of the Tribune those many years ago now: [large print and bold as originally printed]
"The War in Virginia."
"The Great Battle of Saturday."
"OUR TROOPS ARE DRIVEN ACROSS BULL RUN."
"The whole Rebel Army of Va., Driving at Pope"
"He is Reinforced by 60,000 Men."
"PROBABLY NO FIGHTING SUNDAY OR MONDAY."
"The New York Tribune Closed For Publishing a 'Horrible Rumor.'"
"BANKS IN FAVORABLE POSITION."
"Description of the Battle on Saturday."
"What Troops were engaged."
"SPLENDID CAVALRY CHARGE."
[and not least of all]
"PARTIAL LIST OF CASUALTIES."
That Chicago Tribune of course a very Republican newspaper and a strong supporter of President Lincoln. Persons at the time  relying upon the newspapers for reliable information and coverage of events, the media as it exists today radio, television, Internet, etc., NOT even existing!!
And from a previous comment to the blog:
I have always wondered why the ANV didn't pursue, over running and capturing the Federal soldiers and then take Washington, D.C., capturing those Congress men there, the President and ending the war."
As to why Confederate forces on those two occasions, First and Second Manassas [Bull Run], did not further advance, pursue, and make an attempt to capture D.C. I am not sure. Some historian or expert amateur enthusiast whose speciality is the American Civil War can answer this?