Located less than an hour away from Washington D.C., the Northern Virginia area contains a battlefield for almost every year of the war, making it the perfect place to study the American Civil War.
One can find the battle of First Manassas (First Bull Run); July 21, 1861. This was the first full-scale land battle of the Civil War which saw the end of innocence.
One can also find the battle of Second Manassas (Second Bull Run); August 28-30, 1862. Located on some of the same ground, it became one of Robert E. Lee’s greatest victories. It would lead to the first invasion of the North; the Maryland Campaign and the battle of Antietam.
Located nearby in Prince William County is the Bristoe Station battlefield; October 14, 1863. Taking place after Gettysburg, it’s part of the Forgotten Fall of 1863 as Lee and Meade spar up and down the Orange and Alexandria Railroad.
Examples of the Washington Defense ring of fortifications still remain today.