Other Happenings in Our Area

Other happenings in our area:

Ghosts, Haunting and Spooky Tales from the Civil War
McLean Historical Society, 1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean, Virginia 22101
Thursday, March 10, 2011 7:30 pm
Gavenda has written A Field Guide to Haunted West Virginia with coauthor Michael T. Shoemaker which has been given tops ratings for its interesting stories and clear, concise writing style. Copies will be available for purchase and signing by the author.
Thursday, April  14, 2011
Fort Marcy, part of the Ring of Washington Defenses, 1861-1865
Fort Marcy, while advantageously located at a major crossing of the Potomac River, saw little action. However, the fort was often in “alert” status. Life at the fort consisted of drills, repairs, duties, parades and mud. The routine began with reveille at day break, lunch at noon and lights out by 9 p.m. each day. When the war ended in May 1865, Washington, D.C., began to relax its defenses. Fort Marcy was dismantled.
Questions? Suggestions: Jacque-Lynne Schulman,  schulm@erols.com
Evening: 703-442-9370. All are welcome! No reservations required.

Civil War Lecture Series Set to Start at Cabell’s Mill, Sully
As we begin the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, Sully Historic Site has the pleasure of presenting an evening lecture series.  This Civil War commemorative program is sponsored by the Sully Foundation, Ltd. in memory of Thom F. Hanes, one of the original foundation members.  Each evening, local historians present portraits of three different faces of the Civil War scene at and around Sully.
This series, on Tuesdays in March, April and May, offers a view of diverse characters that played different but significant roles in the War Between the States.
On March 15, 2011, Chuck Mauro tells the story of Laura Ratcliffe, who lived in Frying Pan, now Floris, and was a spy for the Confederacy.  Mauro is a member of several area historical societies.  He is an author, movie producer and photographer.  In 1999, he received the Nan Netherton Heritage Award for historical research, writing and photography of The Battle of Chantilly (Ox Hill). The lecture will be held at Cabell’s Mill in Centreville.
On April 12, spend an evening with Don Hakenson, native of Fairfax County, award winning author and Civil War historian. Learn about the exploits of Confederate guerilla chieftain Colonel John S. Mosby and his rangers. Mosby began his military career with the Washington Mounted Rifles and in 1863 “Mosby’s Rangers” were formed. Colonel Mosby is reputed to have spent time at and around Sully.
On May 10, Melissa Delcour shares her expertise on General JEB Stuart, whose cavalry camped at Sully after the Burke Station raid of December 1862.  Delcour is a former Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Park Service battlefield historian and a current high school teacher in Virginia. She has authored several articles, including “Lightning Strike in the Valley: the Battle of Front Royal” which was published by Military History Magazine.
The April and May talks will be held at Sully, in the 1794 home of Richard Bland Lee, northern Virginia’s first congressman and uncle of Robert E. Lee.  Talks begin at 7 p.m. and light refreshments will be served.  The talks are free, but a suggested donation of $5 will be gratefully accepted.  For more information and directions to both locations, or to reserve your space, please call 703-437-1794.

About Craig Swain

"Historical marker hunter" and Civil War enthusiast.
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1 Response to Other Happenings in Our Area

  1. Tim Harr says:

    Had some great meetings and great topics and speakers while a member of this roundtable. I really miss it. Not many Civil War activities here in Florida. I’ve been to one CW re-enactment thus far-Olustee on 19 February 2011. There are 2-3 other places in the state where CW events take place. Hope to see them next year. Most of the events are in January or February.

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