Who knew? There was a Civil War Battle of Vienna

In its Twitter stream, Visit Fairfax alerted me to this Civil War reenactment in Vienna:

On the weekend of June 17 and 18, the Town of Vienna is sponsoring a Civil War Encampment and a Reenactment of the 1861 “Battle of Vienna”, which made history by being known as the first time in American history that a train was used tactically in warfare.  The encampment will begin set up on Friday June 17 near the Community Center, 120 Cherry Street SE.  Activities for the evening include period music by Evergreen Shade starting at 7 pm and storytelling of the Battle of Vienna by local historian Jim Lewis on a projection screen at 7:30, both taking place at the Town Green.  The schedule for encampment activities and demonstrations on Saturday is:

10-5                                                   Encampment and living history

Noon-4, on the hour                     Cannon firing

11:30-4:30, on the 1/2 hour        Military drills

At 6 pm there will be a reenactment of the train battle, or Battle of Vienna, which will be one of the first battle reenactments in the Commonwealth as it took place in the very early days of the conflict.  The 5th Regiment ANV and the 17th Infantry Regiment, Company G are coordinating all the reenactment activities.  The encampment, Town Green concert and history presentation, and the battle itself are free and open to the public.

In addition to the reenactments, Historic Vienna, inc. will open a Civil War Exhibit in the upstairs exhibit room at the Freeman House.  The exhibit is expected to open May 21.

I’d like to stop by for the reenactment; I think the exhibit next door will at least merit a visit after one of our meetings.

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