This is a collection of pictures from the Civil War sesquicentennial events that took place in Manassas, Va, this summer. Manassas is where the first and second Battle of Bull Run happened and is packed with historical places related to the Civil War.
In the field next to Jennie Dean Elementary School was a Civil War re-enactment camp that housed many shops, a large weather balloon, a canon and live music. The shops generally sold items that soldiers would need, like leather belts, boots and flasks. Actors would set off a canon regularly and perform drills that sometimes included horses.
The site also had tents for the soldiers, an example of where slaves would live, a medical tent and old-fashioned carriages.
Another location that held Civil War events was the Liberia Plantation. This house isn’t well known to residents or visitors because it’s only open for special events. Built in 1825 by William James Weir, the house was used as a Confederate headquarters from June through September of 1861, and later became a hospital referred to by some soldiers as “the death house.”
The Liberia Plantation got its name from Weir’s support of the emancipation and relocation of slaves to the newly formed African settlement, Liberia. The Weir family were slave owners, but respected their slaves and brought 22 of them with them when they relocated for safety reasons during the war.
At the plantation, women dressed in Civil War-era garb talked about the house and the heat. During the sesquicentennial events, the temperature was rarely below 100 degrees.
Canon fire could also be seen, heard and even felt in front of the Liberia Plantation house. Police had to move onlookers away from the blast frequently.