Fairfax Station Forums
Fairfax Station Forums are held quarterly on local historical topics. Forums are open to the public and admission is free. Please watch our website or subscribe to our Events notices for future Forums.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
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.
November 13, 2013: 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.
August 14, 2013: 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. Fairfax Station Civil War historian John McAnaw will take visitors through the many skirmishes that took place up and down the O&A and the North inexorably moved toward Richmond in the Civil War.
May 15, 2013: 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 across Northern Virginia on the way to Gettysburg in 1863. They followed the II Corps route through Fairfax, Prince William and Loudoun counties as excessive heat and withering rain storms battered its soldiers while marching toward the bloodiest battle in our nation’s history. A self-guided driving tour booklet (right) is available from the authors. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
February 13, 2013: 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. A small contingent rode to the wooden trestle railroad bridge over Accotink Creek with the goal of burning the bridge and disrupting communications and transportation of the U.S. Military Railroad. In the meantime, General Stuart captured the Union telegrapher at Burke’s Station and replaced him with Stuart’s own telegrapher. Click here for a summary of the presentation prepared by the speakers.
November 14, 2012: Don Hakenson, “This Forgotten Land: A Tour of Civil War Sites & Other Historical Landmarks South of Alexandria, VA”