Saturday, February 12, 2011

Civil War Sesquicentennial

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War.  The First Battle of Manassas (or Bull Run, depending on what side you were on) took place on July 21, 1861 and was the first major land battle of the war.

The Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, formed by Prince William County and the City of Manassas, have scheduled a number of events throughout the year, especially in July.

For those researching their Civil War ancestors, I highly recommend the Civil War Soldiers and Sailor System.  This site is easy to use, free, and includes the ability to search a CW soldier or sailor by name, state, regiment, etc.  There is also a resource to search for prisoners of Andersonville and Fort McHenry.

To learn more about the Sesquicentennial events in 2011 in Prince William County, information can be found at www.virginiacivilwar.org, www.pwcgov.org/historicsites, www.visitmanassas.org, and www.nps.gov/mana.

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