Prince William County is preparing for the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, and the word is out that the first battle of Manassas (called First Manassas or the Battle of Bull Run), will indeed be reenacted. Since reenactments cannot be held in national parks, this one will take place at Pageland Farm, adjacent to Manassas National Battlefield Park, the site of the actual battle.
Pay special attention to the message from Major-General Jake Jennette, Army of Northern Virginia Command:
“I would like to express my thanks and gratitude to everyone who has journeyed to this place to join in this commemoration of a truly epic event in the history of America. The First Battle of Manassas, fought in July, 1861, was a watershed in American History. Americans fought Americans in a war that continued for four long years and ended in Appomattox, Virginia in 1865. On this hallowed ground, our ancestors met in an epic struggle for the soul of this country. Regardless of whether they wore Gray or Blue they were American patriots and their memory should not be forgotten. We know that disease and battles contributed to the loss of over one million casualties. These are our fellow Americans. We should honor each of them as true patriots and ensure that their story is perpetuated forever.”
Even if you are not a history or Civil War “buff,” the lessons of the Civil War should be considered, especially during this time of cultural and world strife.
We can learn from the words of the reenactors who walk in the shoes of those deceased soldiers who still can teach us so much about ourselves and how we can live together even with our differences.