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Northern Virginia 1861: The Chaos of War

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Join William C. Connery as he recounts the notable events and battles that occurred in Northern Virginia in 1861 after the firing on Fort Sumter. Beginning in May 1861, both the Confederate and Union armies assembled in Northern Virginia as politicians were deciding how and where the Civil War would be fought. Several months passed as both armies maneuvered and attempted to complete reconnaissance on the other. During this early time, the first officers on both sides were killed; Mount Vernon was declared neutral...

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Overview

Join William C. Connery as he recounts the notable events and battles that occurred in Northern Virginia in 1861 after the firing on Fort Sumter. Beginning in May 1861, both the Confederate and Union armies assembled in Northern Virginia as politicians were deciding how and where the Civil War would be fought. Several months passed as both armies maneuvered and attempted to complete reconnaissance on the other. During this early time, the first officers on both sides were killed; Mount Vernon was declared neutral territory; the Confederate battle flag was adopted; and the first real battles of the war took place in Northern Virginia.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609493523
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 11/30/2011
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,384,323
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 9

Introduction 11

1 The Deep South Leaves: Virginia Holds Steady 19

2 Virginia Secedes and Her Favorite Son Follows 28

3 Alexandria County Is Liberated/Invaded 43

4 Fairfax County: Mount Vernon?Neutral Haven in a Divided Nation 62

5 Woodlawn, the Quaker House and Hollin Hill 77

6 Fairfax Court House: Civil War Firsts 84

7 Prince William County: The Potomac River Blockade 114

8 Loudoun County: The Battle of Ball's Bluff 119

9 The Battle of Dranesville: Border of Fairfax/Loudoun Counties 138

10 Summing Up 1861 148

Bibliography 151

Index 155

About the Author 160

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