Local historians and authorities on various aspects of the American Civil War meet quarterly through the Forum. Topics usually address local events and the unique role of Fairfax Station during the conflict.
The Forum is free to the public. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. with speaker presentations beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Mary Lipsey, “Honoring Those Who Served”
The unprecedented number of deaths of soldiers in the Civil War soldiers resulted in thousands of known and unknown dead being hastily buried in shallow graves on the battlefields. In July 1862, the U.S. Congress authorized President Lincoln to purchase land for the establishment of cemeteries for those who died fighting in behalf of their country, creating fourteen national cemeteries.
Through the years, governments and communities have established cemeteries to honor both Union and Confederate soldiers. Local historian Mary Lipsey, a member of the Fairfax County Cemetery Preservation Association (FCCPA) and Fairfax Historical Commission, will discuss ongoing efforts to preserve these grounds.
Donald Hakenson, “Col. John Singleton Mosby's Most Successful Combat Operations and His Worst Defeat”
Noted Civil War Historian Donald Hakenson discussed Mosby's successful operations at the Fairfax Court House, Mount Zion Church, Miskell's Farm, Wagon Train Raid and Ankers Farm as well as his unsuccessful clash at Loudoun Heights.
John McAnaw and John Murphy, “Engagement at Sangster's Station”
Museum board members John McAnaw and John Murphy detailed the engagement of federal and confederate forces at Sangster's Station in December 1863. The battle was one of the largest clashes in the immediate area.
Jon Vrana, “Hard Times: Virginians in Union Prisons During the Civil War”
In a unique, one-man performance, Station volunteer and historian Jon Vrana dramatized the experiences of Fairfax County civilian and military prisoners at the Old Capitol Prison during the American Civil War.
Patrick McGinty, “Death and Dying During the Civil War”
Retired Naval officer and local historian Patrick McGinty examined how individuals and communities attempted to cope with the massive loss of life during the Civil War.
John P. Murphy, “The History of the Fairfax County Courthouse Before, During and After the Civil War, 1742-1903”
Fairfax Station volunteer John P. Murphy spoke on the rich history of our area from colonial times to the early 20th century.
Ron Beavers, “Use of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad in Support of the Army of the Potomac, 1862~64”
Local railroad historian Ron Beavers discussed the variety of ways in which the O&A provided critical support to Federal forces across Northern Virginia as well as the inter-connections with other railroad operations during the Civil War.
John McAnaw, “Military Actions Around the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, 1862~64”
Fairfax Station witnessed its most severe action in 1862 during the battles of Second Manassas and Ox Hill as an evacuation area for Union forces. The importance of the O&A in the ensuing months, however, did not diminish, as Federal forces attempted to re-establish control over the line and Confederates tried to disrupt its operations.
Brian McEnany and Jim Lewis, “The Union Army's March to Gettysburg - ‘Sunstroke and Ankle Deep Mud’”
Local authors Brian McEnany and Jim Lewis told the little known story of the Union’s II Corps arduous march in withering heat and intense storms through Fairfax, Prince William and Loudoun counties on the way to Gettysburg in 1863.
Jon Vrana and Mary Lipsey, “The Christmas Raid of 1862”
On December 28, 1862, General J.E.B. Stuart led a cavalry raid on Burke’s Station, Virginia. Click here for a summary of the presentation prepared by the speakers.
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