Civil War Weekend Encampment Planned at Historic Sully
“The times look very bad,” wrote James Barlow in 1861. The Haight and Barlow families lived at Sully during the Civil War years and they had heard the thunder of cannons from the Battle of 2nd Manassas and the Battle of Ox Hill (Chantilly). Both Confederate and Federal troops traveled across Sully’s grounds from 1861 to 1865. They requisitioned a wagon and team, took livestock, and Maria Barlow sold them hay. Wounded soldiers were left at Sully after the Battle of Ox Hill. Hear the roar of artillery, the beat of horse’s hooves and the muffled sounds of infantry on the march as Sully Historic Site hosts its annual Civil War Weekend on Saturday, August 18, 2012 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., and on Sunday, August 19 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Skirmishes each day illustrate military maneuvers of the period. Reenactors demonstrate the varied work of the army including drill, camp life, medical care, and artillery and rifle firing. Visitors can fall in as recruits and learn to march while carrying a wooden musket.
Civilian reenactors recreate the daily experiences of Northern Virginia residents during the early years of the Civil War. Play historic games and enjoy music on the lawn performed by local duo, Evergreen Shade. Visit the sutler and purchase the same goods soldiers would have found at these traveling merchants’ tents.
Hear about the Battle of Ox Hill in Chantilly…After the Storm, a one act play by local historian and author, Chuck Mauro. The play features a Federal soldier, a Confederate surgeon, and a local woman, each relating their perspective of Fairfax County’s only Civil War battle.
Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and children. Included in this program is a guided tour of the first and second floors of the 1794 home of Richard Bland Lee, Northern Virginia’s first congressman and uncle of Robert E. Lee. On view in the house will be rarely seen 19th century artifacts, including a top hat that, according to oral tradition, was worn by Jacob Haight to Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration. The last house tour begins at 4 p.m.
Sully Historic Site is located in Chantilly off Route 28, one quarter mile north of Route 50, five miles north of Route 66 or five miles south of the Dulles Toll Road. For more information, call 703-437-1794 or visit us on the web.