In March, 1862, Union forces arrived at Liberia to find the Confederates gone. In their haste it is reported that they left behind the battle plan for First Manassas and four unburied bodies. Union General Irvin McDowell set up camp at Liberia and was visited by President Lincoln and Secretary of War Edwin Stanton on June 19, 1862. Liberia was also at the center of the Battle of Bull Run Bridge, a prelude to the Battle of Second Manassas on August 27, 1862, where Union forces were soundly defeated by Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s troops. Living history interpreters will recreate General McDowell’s headquarters with visits over the weekend by President Lincoln. There will be timed presentations with General McDowell, Union and Confederate soldiers, African-American songs and stories, slave interpretation, period music, and children’s activities.
Parking is available on Portner Avenue, between Liberia and Breeden avenues. The site is open Friday and Saturday, August 24 and 25, 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. and Sunday, August 26, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Join us in Prince William County this fall as we commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Bristoe Station. Events include bus tours, two day symposium, a feature exhibit and a weekend commemoration on the anniversary.
Discover Prince William & Manassas has created a Civil War Experience Pass that gives visitors admission into 6 Historic sites at a 50% discount off the regular retail price.
BEYOND THE BATTLEFIELD
Prince William & Manassas, Virginia offers hundreds of entertainment, shopping and dining possibilities. After a day of touring historic battlefields or participating in a 150th Commemoration event, consider some of these things to do... [Read More]