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Sesquicentennial of the Virginia Civil War

The Final Year of the American Civil War   

Prince William County will host events to commemorate the final year and end of the American Civil War in 2015. 
March 21-22
Lee’s Retreat to Appomattox – Two Day Bus Tour
$350 per person (inquire on double occupancy rates), two lunches, one dinner, and hotel room included in price, reservations required
To commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, this tour will follow in the footsteps of Lee and Grant’s armies from Petersburg to Appomattox.  Participants will get a behind the scenes view into one of America’s biggest dramas and see where our nation was reunited.  Tour will include admission to Petersburg National Battlefield Park, Sailor’s Creek Battlefield State Park, Appomattox National Historic Park, Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox and various other stops along the retreat route.  Tour includes transportation, all meals and overnight lodging. 
For reservations, call Ben Lomond Historic Site at 703-367-7872
May 9-10
Brentsville Civil War Weekend
11 a.m.- 4 p.m. $5 suggested donation
Even after Appomattox, Civil War soldiers continued to march through Brentsville.  Join us as we commemorate the 150th anniversary of William T. Sherman and his army of “Bummers” encamping at Brentsville on their way to Washington D.C. for the Grand Review.  Living historians will be on site to portray both the soldiers and civilians at Brentsville along with Civil War music.  Lectures will be offered at the Union Church.
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, 12229 Bristow Road, Bristow, VA 20136, 703-365-7895
May 16
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
May 29
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
July 31
Rhoda Fewell and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Civil War Veterans
7pm—8pm; Free
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
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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