Photos: Fairfax Station Commemorates Civil War Service

The 150th Anniversary Civil War reenactment commemoration at Fairfax Station Railroad Museum.

The held a reenactment commemoration Aug. 25 and 26 to honor Clara Barton, the Military Medical Evacuation Corps and over 3,000 soldiers brought to the station in the last days of August 1862.

The station became the first logistically combined triage and transportation site of the Civil War, follwoing the nearby battles of Second Manassas (Second Battle of Bull Run) and Ox Hill (The Battle of Chantilly).

Clara Barton, then unknown, was among the civilians who triaged the wounded as they waited for trains to take them to hospitals in Alexandria and Washington, D.C.  Barton would later be dubbed the "Angel of the Battlefield." Barton founded the American Red Cross.

The commemoration continues through Sept. 3, with a special museum exhibit.  For this week only, the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum will be open from 1 - 8 p.m. through Aug. 31, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 1 - 3.

Admission is $5 for adults, $1 for children 5 to 10. Children age 4 and under are free.


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