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Local Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee

Prince William/Manassas Civil War Sesquicentennial


In 2008 in conjunction with the Virginia statewide Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission the localities of Prince William County and Manassas City joined to form a collaborative committee to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. Click the link for more information on the Sesquicentennial of the Virginia Civil War.

The General Assembly of Virginia created the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission in 2006 (HB 1440) to prepare for and commemorate the sesquicentennial of Virginia's participation in the American Civil War.

The Commission has the following powers and duties:

  • Plan develop and carry out programs and activities appropriate to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War.
  • Encourage interdisciplinary examination of the American Civil War.
  • Facilitate balanced activities related to the American Civil War throughout Virginia.
  • Encourage civic historical educational economic and other organizations throughout Virginia to organize and participate in activities to expand the understanding and appreciation of the significance of the American Civil War.
  • Provide technical assistance to localities and nonprofit organizations to further the commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War.
  • Develop programs and facilities to ensure that the sesquicentennial commemoration of the American Civil War results in a positive legacy and long-term public benefit.
  • Encourage the development and conduct of programs designed to involve all citizens in activities that commemorate the American Civil War.
  • Report annually to the General Assembly and the Governor on the interim activity and work of the Commission.

The local Prince William/Manassas Committee will assist to coordinate local efforts of the statewide commission and local activities among local historic sites museums parks and localities. Through this committee programs will be planned implemented and coordinated. Future plans call for the committee to sponsor lectures bus tours living history programs a Civil War Symposium and an Educational Field Day for school aged children and adults.

The committee has recently published the Prince William Civil War Heritage Trail brochure. This free brochure highlights the rich Civil War history that exists in the Prince William region. Visit the Prince William County/Manassas Convention and Visitors Bureau Website or call 800-432-1792 for a copy of the brochure. You may also pick up a copy at historic and visitor centers throughout the County.

If you are interested in volunteering with the committee to help Prince William County and Manassas City commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War contact: Prince William County Historic Preservation Division, 17674 Main St. Dumfries VA 22026, \703-792-4754 or


Local Committee Participants:

  • Prince William County
  • Prince William County Public Schools
  • City of Manassas
  • Town of Dumfries
  • Town of Haymarket
  • Town of Occoquan
  • Prince William County/Manassas Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB)
  • Prince William County Historical Commission
  • Prince William Historic Preservation Foundation
  • National Park Service – Manassas National Battlefield Park & Prince William Forest National Park
  • Virginia State Parks – Leesylvania State Park
  • National Museum of the Marine Corps
  • Historic Dumfries
  • The Occoquan Historical Society
  • Buckland Preservation Society
  • Turn the Mill Around Campaign (Chapman’s Mill)
  • Prince William Chamber of Commerce
  • Historic Manassas Inc.
  • Virginia Civil War Events Inc. 

For more information about historic preservations and opportunities, contact the Department of Public Works Historic Preservation Division at 703-792-4754. 


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