Under our feet

From The Washington Post

Sometimes literally. Tom got interested in the Civil War after finding relics in his Vienna backyard — Minié balls, mainly.

What was this stuff, he wondered? Who left it behind?

Jim, 67, had a similar story. “I retired about eight or nine years ago from Xerox and found some holes at the back of my yard,” he said. “We didn’t know what they were. They turned out to be Confederate earthworks.”

In Fairfax County, the Civil War is under our very feet.

I knew that Vienna citizens held their vote on secession just across the street from our meeting place at Vienna Presbyterian Church and I know a civil war veteran is buried in a patch of land near the Pan Am shopping center on Nutley Street, but I never heard these stories before. It’s amazing what you can learn about your neighborhood. Who’s got a story to tell us?


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