After the War Symposium: A One Day Symposium on the Effects of the Civil War
9 a.m.- 5 p.m. $10 per person, reservations required
This one day symposium will look into the end of the Civil War and the effects of the war on the nation. Topics include the surrender of the Confederate armies, Freedmen’s Bureau, women during Reconstruction, post war effects on soldiers and Civil War memory. Speakers will include Robert Dunkerly, Dr. Jane Censer, John Coski, Emmanuel Dabney, John Hennessy and George Wunderlich. Symposium is co-sponsored by the Prince William County, City of Manassas, Prince William County Historic Commission and Historic Prince William. Symposium will take place at the Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Ave., Manassas, VA
For reservations, call the Prince William County Historic Preservation Division office at 703-792-4754
Prince William County after the War
7 p.m.—8 p.m. Free, donations welcomed
With the last Confederate armies surrendering in June 1865, the American Civil War was finally over and rebuilding could begin. Like other localities, Prince William County was devastated by the war and started the long road to recovery. While the war was over, new challenges appeared during the early days of Reconstruction that no one in 1861-1865 could have predicted. Please join staff historians as we examine this often neglected part of American history.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Road, Bristow, VA 20136. 703-365-7895
Rhoda Fewell and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Civil War Veterans
After coming home from the Civil War, Rhoda Fewell had trouble readjusting to civilian life. Prone to violent outbursts, Fewell ultimately shot and killed his sister’s abductor in the Brentsville jail. While the historical record is unclear if Fewell was a violent man before the war, he may have been suffering from PTSD. Known at the time as soldier’s heart, many Civil War veterans struggled with their wartime experience. Join staff historians as we explore an often undiscussed impact of the Civil War.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd, Bristow, VA, 703-365-7895
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