Tag Archives: Fairfax County

Dranesville, a Troubled Town: Part 2

Part One Can Be Found Here. The white men of Virginia went to the polls on a warm May 23, 1861 to vote on the secession referendum passed a month earlier by a delegates’ convention. By the time the ballots … Continue reading

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Visiting the Manassas Battlefield: An Old Business Opportunity

Every Civil War historian likes a good battlefield trip. Entire parks await the eager visitor, with carefully laid out driving tours and nicely labeled stops. Even better, some may argue, is taking the tour with a guide who knows the … Continue reading

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Dranesville: A Troubled Town, Part 1

The 1st Pennsylvania Reserve Cavalry rode into Dranesville just past 5 a.m. on November 27, 1861, two hours before sunrise. Having left their camps not far from Langley, Virginia the previous night, the Pennsylvanians split up and swept into the … Continue reading

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My Favorite Historical Person: Antonia Ford

The art of spying is as old as war itself, or so it has been said. While many people when asked who is their favorite figure from the Civil War would immediately think of generals and politicians, I tend to … Continue reading

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The Civil War in Fairfax County

I mentioned on Thursday that I was going to be speaking that evening to the Bull Run Civil War Roundtable in Centreville, Virginia. I have a quick follow-up that I think will be of interest to hardcore Civil War buffs. On … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: JEB Stuart’s Christmas Raid

It is easy today to follow in the footsteps of JEB Stuarts cavalry on their 1862 Christmas Raid.  The route is well known and there are several historic markers and Civil War Trail interpretive signs along the way to guide … Continue reading

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