Fairfax Station Forums
7:30 p.m.; admission free
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Patrick McGinty, “Death and Dying During the Civil War”
Patrick McGinty, retired Naval officer and local historian, will present a Civil War Forum, "Death and Dying During The Civil War" at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 7:30 PM.With over 620,000 military personnel perishing during the Civil War, Americans attempted to cope with the massive loss of life. Mr. McGinty will give information on the rise of the embalming industry during the War as well as how families attempted to confirm the death of their loved ones when often there was no trace of a soldier. Other aspects discussed will include how families often tried to communicate with the deceased as well as the various types of mourning dress that developed during this period.Doors will open at 7:00. The Forum is free and open to the public.
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.
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 in withering heat and intense storms through Fairfax, Prince William and Loudoun counties on the way to Gettysburg in 1863.
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. 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”