As Virginia residents, in particular residents of Prince William County, we are literally walking in the footsteps of history.
We are also surrounded by reminders of an event that defined the United States of America in the 1860's.
As a family, we are extremely proud of all of our Civil War veterans. While we are still documenting their service, here are just a few of those who volunteered early on in 1861 and became veterans of:
- 7th Cavalry/80th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers whose engagements include the battle of Perryville, the battle of Stones River, the Tullahoma Campaign, the battle of Hoover's Gap, the battle of Chickamauga, the Atlanta Campaign, the Battle of Resaca and the Siege of Atlanta.
- The 101st Pennsylvania Regiment whose engagements brought them to Virginia...with advances on Manassas, Virginia on March 10-15 of 1862.
- Four brothers who joined the ranks of the 2nd New Jersey Infantry Regiment together and, as fate would have it, actually fought in the various well known Civil War battles in our area including Bristoe Station, Manassas, and...
- G. Steward, a private who served in the Union Army during the Civil War and who later became a commissioned officer in the Montana Territory.
Today, we proudly claim a degreed student of history who happens to be a hard-core, "living history" participant. Over the past 17 years, in his spare time, he has stepped back in time and reenacted Civil War events across Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
As the sesquicentennial years pass, participation is even more meaningful. Here are just a few of the annual Civil War events he will participate in during the Sesquicentennial years: