Puget Sound Civil War Roundtable

Civil War Education, Remembrance and Preservation

President's Corner

CWRT CONGRESS SPAWNS BATTLEFIELD & RELATED TOUR OPPORTUNITIES

By Mike Movius
You are probably tired of hearing about the CWRT Congress we are holding in September, but it might be an opportunity for those of you interested in visiting some important battlefields. My itinerary is to fly to Dulles International on Friday, September 15th, spend the night in Centreville (we have arranged for a conference rate of $99 per night) and attend the congress on Saturday (9/16).

On Sunday, September 17, the Bull Run CWRT has graciously agreed to lead a day-long tour of both battlefields in Manassas. Our tour guides are imminently qualified and will provide the tour group with some vital insights into battle plans, leadership and tactics.

The next day, Monday, September 18, we will be traveling about 30 miles just north of Leesburg to Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Regional Park. There, James Morgan III, author of Little Short of Boats: The Civil War Battles of Ball’s Bluff and Edwards Ferry, October 21-22, 1861. Not only has Mr. Morgan conducted extensive research into the battles, but he is a primary volunteer with the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, the owners of Ball’s Bluff park.

In addition, there are plenty of other important sites ready for visitation. I will be staying at The Red Fox Inn in Middleburg the evening of the 18th. It’s a bit pricey, but the town and the inn are steeped in Civil War history. For example, the Red Fox Inn during the Civil War (known then as the Beveridge House) was often used by the Confederates as a social meeting place. It is where Gen. J.E.B. Stuart famously shared intelligence reports with Col. John S. Mosby and his Rangers on June 17, 1863, before the five-day Battle at Aldie. The inn served as both headquarters and hospital for the Confederates.

Some of the other sites that I’m considering are perhaps Goose Creek Bridge, Point of Rocks along the Potomac River, MARC train station, C&O Canal, Mt. Zion Old School Baptist Church, Oatlands Historic House, Aldie Mill, Tuckahoe Plantation, Carlyle House or Olde Towne Petersburg. Some of those places I mentioned were filming locations for Mercy Street, Season Two.

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