Apr
20
Wed
Fairfax Station Civil War Forum @ Fairfax Station Railroad Museum
Apr 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The unprecedented number of deaths of soldiers in the Civil War soldiers resulted in thousands of known and unknown dead being hastily buried in shallow graves on the battlefields. In July 1862, the U.S. Congress authorized President Lincoln to purchase land for the establishment of cemeteries for those who died fighting in behalf of their country, creating fourteen national cemeteries.

Through the years, governments and communities have established cemeteries to honor both Union and Confederate soldiers. Local historian Mary Lipsey, a member of the Fairfax County Cemetery Preservation Association (FCCPA) and Fairfax Historical Commission, will discuss efforts to preserve these grounds.