The Second Year of the American Civil War   

Prince William County was the site of two major battles at Second Manassas and Kettle Run, also known as Bristoe Station I during the second year of the American Civil War in 1862.  There are several events to mark the 150th Anniversary of these battles in August 2012. 
August 4 and 5  Campaign of Second Manassas to Antietam Two Day Bus Tour
Join local historians for an exciting and in-depth two day tour covering Robert E. Lee's relentless month long campaign from early August through September 1862.  Travel to sites including Jacksons' Flank March, Bristoe Station, Manassas Junction, Manassas Battlefield, Ox Hill Battlefield, South Mountain Battlefield and Antietam Battlefield.  Cost is $325 per person (tour, hotel accommodations and four meals) or $250 per person (tour and three meals).  Space is limited and reservations are required.  Call Ben Lomond Historic Site for details and to reserve your spot at 703-367-7872.
August 18  Second Manassas Campaign Bus Tour
Follow Stonewall Jackson's famous flank march around the Union Army in August 1862 that led to the largest battle of the Civil War in Northern Virginia.  Tour includes stops at Jeffersonton, Orlean, Marshall, Thoroughfare Gap, Bristoe Station, Conner House and the Brawner Farm on Manassas National Battlefield.  Cost is $85 per person (tour, admission to all sites and boxed lunch).  Space is limited and reservations are required.  Call Ben Lomond Historic Site for details and to reserve your spot at 703-367-7872.
August 23  Fireside Stories at Ben Lomond Historic Park
Join us at 6 p.m. for a special fireside program led by local historians and discover the life of a young Confederate soldier who was wounded at Second Manassas, escaped from a Union Prison and became a leader in anti-reconstruction post-war politics.  The program is free, but donations to support historic preservation in Prince William County will be accepted.  Refreshments will be available for purchase.  Call Ben Lomond Historic Site at 703-367-7872 for details. 
August 25   150th Anniversary of the Battle of Kettle Run
Join us at Bristoe Station Battlefield Park for day time events and evening luminary to commemorate the 150th anniversary of this battle that set the stage for the Battle of Second Manassas.  Activities for the day include living history, special times and demonstrations with a 10 a.m. dedicated of the new interpretive trail.  The program is free.  In the evening, join local historians for a somber and beautiful luminary of the battlefield as we light 1,000 candles in memory of those who fought and died here.  Torch light tours will run from 8 to 10 p.m.  Cost is $10 per person and reservations are suggested.  For more details or to make reservations, please call 703-366-3049.   
View this map for addresses and descriptions of sites in Prince William County with a connection to the Civil War. 
More lectures and programs throughout the year will share information about the lives, struggles and triumphs of various people during the American Civil War. For more information about Sesquicentennial Events in Prince William County throughout the year, view our calendar of events on our main page
Read more about Prince William County in the Civil War (new electronic publication) or Prince William's Civil War Story or view the documentary: Crossroads of Conflict: Prince William County During the Civil War:

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