Monday 28 October 2019

Civil War History of Farr's Cross Roads"

Class Marching Orders

Date/Time: Monday 28 October 2019 1:30 PM

Assembly Location: Meet at the west end of Parking Lot K at prior to 1:30 PM.  Parking Lot K is the first lot on the left as you enter GMU from Braddock Road/Roanoke River Lane.  Turn left at the first intersection and drive across parking lot as far west as you can to the tree line.

Tour Duration: about 1 1/2 hour

Uniform of the Day: Wear comfortable shoes, a cap, & long pants/jeans (briars still prevalent)

Inclement Weather:
Weather cancellation notifications via email (Morning of the tour)

Class Limitation:  There is a limitation on the number of outside visitors during the class for GMU students.  Only the first ten to twelve members of BRCWRT will be allowed to attend the class presentation.  The BRCWRT sign-up list will establish precedence and the first 10-12 members will be contacted prior to Oct 28.

Instructors: Brian McEnany; James Lewis; Blake Myers – Bull Run Civil War Round Table

Background: Since the 1800s, the area known locally as Farr’s Crossroads (the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123/Ox Road), has had a significant influence on the development and history of Northern Virginia. The area surrounding the crossroads was originally part of a colonial grant and the roadways bounding it have been prominent since colonial times. During the Civil War the crossroads and the land GMU currently occupies, were controlled at various times by both Confederate and Union forces.  A Civil War redoubt constructed in 1861 to guard the surrounding terrain is still visible and is the focus of the class.

Bull Run Civil War Round Table members Brian McEnany, Jim Lewis and Blake Myers will lead a tour and discussion of the little known fortification (redoubt) at Farr’s Crossroads. The tour and discussion will highlight antebellum and Civil War history of this strategic crossroads and the surrounding area. The class will be conducted at the west end of Parking Lot K near the tree line.

George Mason Fairfax Parking map