Bill: If you stayed near the train station in Manassas you were right in the middle of the location of the huge Union supply dump for Second Manassas. If you ever get there again try to get up to the golf course on the south side of Bull Run. That is where the New Jersey Brigade fought with some of Jackson, having come south on the rails that lead north from the station, through Manassas Park, over Bull Run and on to Clifton and ultimately Alexandria. The area north of Bull Run and on to Clifton is pretty much the same as it was then. Knew a lot of guys back in the day that found an awful lot of stuff in the woods on both sides of that track.
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Bill: Try to get over to Chantilly. It is near the Fair Oaks Shopping Center which is a NVA landmark. If you are coming up from Manassas, go up I66 to Centreville, get on US 29 which is the old Warrenton Turnpike. It will intersect with West Ox Road just short of Fairfax. Turn left and proceed for about two miles. The battlefield park will be on your left. Its not very big, and much improved since I lived in the area, but well worth a half an hour of your time. Had things been slightly different, had either side showed up an hour or so before they did this could have been a real big one, and perhaps so decisive that a Union defeat here would have spelled a political disaster for Lincoln. As it was it became the decision point for the invasion of Maryland a few days later.
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Anybody out there planning to get to the Gettysburg 150th? We are forming a contingent from Montana to make the trip. Let me know if your're interested. We'll be falling in with the Irish Brigade, as infantry. Negotiations are pending.
National Geographic channel is running a show about civil war reenactors called Extreme Civil War Reenactors. It is almost over but should run again at 11:00 pm cdt. Before that is a show about the Confederate flying machine they try to recreate.