Fairfax Station Civil War Re-enactment This Weekend

Re-enactors will present living history demonstrations at the Fairfax Railroad Museum August 25 - 26.

Union and Confederate re-enactors will convene this weekend at the to commemorate the 1862 medical evacuation of Union wounded to the station after the nearby battles of Second Manassas (Second Battle of Bull Run) and Ox Hill (The Battle of Chantilly).

Some 3,000 wounded Union soldiers were brought to the station in the last days of August 1862, and hastily treated as they awaited trains to take them to hospitals in Alexandria and Washington. Civilians came on the trains to assist, and among them was Clara Barton, later dubbed 'Angel of the Battlefield' and founder of the American Red Cross.

The Aug.25 and 26 event will be held rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Outdoor exhibits will feature Civil War camp life and Union medical units.  There will be lectures, demonstrations and exhibits.

The event is free, but there is a fee to visit the museum.  It is $5 for adults; $1 for children 5 - 10; and free for children 4 and under.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of Fairfax Station as part of the Civil War Sesquicentennial.


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