Preserving Virginia’s Civil War Heritage Workshop
10 – 11, 2001
of Fredericksburg Area Battlefields (FoFAB) is pleased
to have the opportunity to host the ninth annual
Preserving Virginia's Civil War Heritage Workshop in
conjunction with the Rappahannock Valley Civil War Round
Table (RVCWRT) on Veterans' Day weekend.
These workshops have proven to be very successful
in providing information on local battlefield
preservation efforts while helping to raise funds to
save some of the most threatened battlefield sites in
format of this year's workshop will be similar to the
format used last year.
The Saturday agenda will consist of lectures
followed by a banquet with a guest speaker. The morning
sessions will concentrate on the "how-to's" of
The afternoon sessions will discuss the
nuts-and-bolts of battlefield interpretation.
With this dual emphasis, battlefield groups at
all levels can benefit from this workshop. On Sunday,
workshop participants will have the opportunity to take
a bus tour of Spotsylvania Court House and North Anna
proceeds from the Preserving Virginia's Civil War
Heritage Workshop will be used for battlefield
acquisition and/or interpretation.
Look for more details about the conference and a
conference registration form in this newsletter or
contact Friends of Fredericksburg Area Battlefields (FoFAB),
P.O. Box 3112, Fredericksburg, VA 22402, call (540)
972-9954, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax (540)
Ranger Program Part II
to the overwhelming success of the two Junior Ranger
booklets issued at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania
National Military Park last summer, Friends of
Fredericksburg Area Battlefields (FoFAB) decided to
prepare a similar program for younger visitors. In July
2000, the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National
Military Park began offering two Junior Ranger booklets
designed for young people ages 9 through 12. Lee Ann
Williams, FoFAB Education Coordinator, supervised the
creation of the two booklets.
One booklet covers Fredericksburg Battlefield and
other booklet covers Chancellorsville Battlefield and
Jackson Shrine. Janice
Frye and Elsa Lohman, both of Fredericksburg and
Spotsylvania National Military Park, also assisted with
purpose of the Junior Ranger booklets is to help the
next generation understand the importance of the events
that took place in the Fredericksburg area during the
Civil War. Junior
Ranger booklets are available at Eastern National
bookstores in the park at a cost of $3 each.
Participants can earn a Junior Ranger badge for
completing the activities in the booklets.
one year later in July 2001, the Junior Ranger program
for children ages 5 - 8 is available at the park.
A FoFAB volunteer prepared four separate Junior
Ranger worksheets covering the same four sites as the
booklets for older children:
Fredericksburg Battlefield, Chancellorsville
Battlefield, Chatham, and Jackson Shrine.
The worksheets contain a series of questions and
activities designed specifically to help the younger
generation understand the significance of these sites.
can earn a Junior Ranger sticker by completing the
activities on the worksheets.
Activities include visiting the battlefields and
museums, attending guided walking tours, and completing
questions and games on the worksheets.
Junior Ranger worksheets and stickers for children ages
5 - 8 were written, produced, and funded by FoFAB as
part of its Civil War education and interpretation
outreach to children.
Therefore, the worksheets are provided to
children free of charge.
We trust this will allow maximum participation in
of the interpretive goals established by the FoFAB board
of directors for 2001 was to begin to develop a series
of battlefield brochures for sites that currently have
no interpretive brochure.
The first brochure in this series has been
completed and will be available at the site once it is
board chose Harris Farm as the first site for a brochure
because of our long-standing efforts at that site.
The Battle of Harris Farm, fought on May
19, 1864 , was the last battle during the
Spotsylvania Court House campaign.
Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) currently owns 1.5
acres of the battlefield and holds a preservation
easement on another 1.5 acres at the site.
The CWPT property includes a monument to the
Massachusetts First Heavy Artillery and two interpretive
signs describing the battle.
FoFAB has been maintaining the Harris Farm
battlefield site for the past couple of years.
Special thanks go to Mr. Bryant and Dr. Terrill,
two neighbors of the battlefield, who have been
faithfully helping us with mowing the site.
Diley, a FoFAB board member, wrote the Harris Farm
We are currently preparing an updated brochure
for the CWPT property at Cedar Mountain Battlefield in
Brochures covering additional local Civil War
sites will follow.
Manassas Bus Tour
Saturday, September 15, 2001
by noted Civil War historian and author, John J.
Hennessy, Assistant Superintendent of Fredericksburg and
Spotsylvania National Military Park and author of Return
to Bull Run: The
Campaign and Battle of Second Manassas.
bus will depart from the Rt. 17 commuter lot in
Stafford, Virginia at 8 a.m. and return about 5:00 p.m.
To get to the Rt. 17 commuter lot, take Exit 133
off I-95 and follow Rt. 17 heading north for about 1
parking lot will be on the left side of Rt. 17.
it is uncertain that we will be able to stop along the
way to purchase food or snacks, participants should
bring a lunch and beverages.
The tour will occur rain or shine.
cost is only $50 per person.
Proceeds from this tour will be used to support
the Civil War education and battlefield interpretation
efforts of Friends of Fredericksburg Area Battlefields (FoFAB).
participate in this bus tour, please complete the form
below and mail it along with your check for $50 per
person to Friends of Fredericksburg Area Battlefields (FoFAB),
Box 3112, Fredericksburg, VA 22402. Checks should be
written to FoFAB. If
you have questions, please feel free to contact us at
this address or call (540) 972-9954, Fax (540) 972-3521,
or e-mail: email@example.com.
We will send a confirmation letter once we
receive your registration and check.
We are limited to only one bus so get your
registration form in early to ensure you do not miss out
on this opportunity!
Manassas Bus Tour on Saturday, September 15, 2001
would also be interested in a bus tour on the following
membership dues for the year 2001 are now due.
Please continue to support our efforts by renewing your
membership with a contribution of at least $10 per
person or family. A membership
application is provided online. FoFAB
is an IRS approved tax-exempt non-profit organization.
Contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent
of the law. Thank you for your support.
Virginia's Civil War Heritage Workshop
10 - 11, 2001 (Veterans' Day Weekend)
Holiday Inn North, 564 Warrenton Road, Stafford,
by Friends of Fredericksburg Area Battlefields (FoFAB)
in conjunction with the Rappahannock Valley Civil War
Round Table (RVCWRT)
November 10, 2001
Registration and Continental Breakfast
09:00 - 09:15
09:15 - 10:30
Session I - Land Acquisition Strategy
Civil War Preservation Trust
10:30 - 10:45
10:45 - 12:00
Session II - Land Acquisition Funding
12:00 - 01:00
01:00 - 01:30
Session III - Battlefield Interpretation Planning
Steve Stanley, President, Colonial Type &
01:30 - 02:00
Session IV - Promoting Your Battlefield Site
Alan Guyton, President, American History Company
02:00 - 02:15
02:15 - 03:45
Session V - Interpretation at Fredericksburg
John Hennessy, Assistant Superintendent,
Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania NMP
03:45 - 04:00
Closing Remarks/Workshop Evaluation
06:00 - 08:00
Banquet with Civil War Historian and Author, Dr.
Bryant discussing the role of African-Americans
the Civil War
November 11, 2001
a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Bus Tour, Battles of Spotsylvania
Court House and North Anna, led by Civil War historian
and author Mac Wyckoff (includes lunch).
Saturday Seminars Only - $50
____ Saturday Evening Banquet - $30
____ Sunday Bus Tour - $60
____ Total Conference Package - $125
is limited so please get your reservations in early to
ensure you do not miss this opportunity.
from the Preserving Virginia's Civil War Heritage
Workshop will be used to assist with battlefield
acquisition and/or interpretation efforts in the
more information, please contact FoFAB at PO Box 3112,
Fredericksburg, VA 22402
Phone (540) 972-9954
Fax (540) 972-3521 Email:
Friends of Fredericksburg Area Battlefields (FoFAB)
board set several goals for the year 2001.
As always, we will remain focused on Civil War
education and battlefield interpretation.
To that end, we established the following goals
for 2001. To
check on our progress, see the articles in this
to offer numerous Civil War lectures, walking tours,
and bus tours for local residents and battlefield
to serve as the fiscal agent for the Fredericksburg
National Cemetery Memorial Day Weekend Luminaria to
honor veterans of all American wars.
the battlefield interpretation plan for the Cedar
a Junior Ranger program for children ages 5 to 8.
the Spotsylvania Court House Battlefield Teachers'
to develop a series of battlefield brochures for
sites which currently have no interpretive brochure.
the annual Preserving Virginia's Civil War Heritage
Workshop during Veterans' Day weekend.
The goal of the workshop is to provide
training on battlefield acquisition and
to support the efforts of those who are seeking to
purchase local battlefield property.
to be strong advocates for battlefield preservation.
FoFAB board is always eager to hear your ideas.
If you have a suggestion of a program or project
FoFAB can initiate to further our goals of Civil War
education and battlefield interpretation, please feel
free to contact us.
We would love to hear from you.
If you would like to help in these efforts, we
would welcome your participation.
"In the end, our
society will be defined not only by what we create but
by what we refuse to destroy."
- John Sawhill