Prince William County is offering a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to observe the 150th anniversary of the war — especially the first major land battle of that war, the Battle of First Manassas/Bull Run on July 21, 1861.
Some of the highlights of the July 21-24 events include:
» July 23-24: Battle of First Manassas/Bull Run Re-enactment on Pageland Farm.
» July 21: Manassas NationalBattlefieldParkCom-memoration and Virginia History Mobile; 1911 Jubilee of Peace Reenactment; Castleton Festival Concert at Hylton Performing Arts Center.
» July 21-24: Warner Brothers re-release of “Gods and Generals.”
» July 22-23: Manassas National Battlefield Park commemorative events; specialized Prince William County Historic Preservation Site programming; “Camp Manassas” Civil War encampment; parade; Blue and Gray Ball; and Manassas City Trolley Tour to seven historic sites.
The main attraction — the re-enactment — begins at 9:30 a.m. July 23 and continues for more than 2 ½ hours.
In addition, families are invited to roam the soldiers’ camps to see the conditions experienced by the CivilWar fighters.
In the living history area, other re-enactors and historians will interpret life in 1861 for soldiers, civilians and slaves. The U.S. Colored Troops will depict the struggle of escaped slaves.
Tickets for the event are available only online at www. manassasbullrun. com. Ticket prices start at $24 for adults and $15 for youth aged 6 to 12.