This past Saturday was Fauquier Heritage Day. Though it includes all history there is a strong focus on the Civil War era. Or, as I was corrected later that day, "the war of Northern Aggression".
There were several lectures and tours around the town that we didn't see. It is hard to get a 4 year old and almost 3 year old to take a real interest in lectures about the 'Union Occupation of Warrenton' or 'Robert E. Lee's Strategy and Defensive Plan in the Battle of Fredericksburg'. They were however excited about the parade.
|Town Council Limo|
|Iraq & Afganistan Veterans|
After the parade we walked over the the Warren Green building. Here they were holding a re-enactment of General McClellan's farewell speech to his army.
Before the General spoke President Lincoln gave a speech thanking McClellan for his service. This was not a re-enactment, considering that Lincoln was relieving McClellan on his command I'm not sure if he did thank him for his service but if he did it wasn't from the Warren Green building.
|President Lincoln's speech|
|General McClellan on the balcony of the Warren Green building|
|General McClellan's farewell speech to his soldiers|
|hospital tent with medical supplies|
|Did someone say trains?|
|Buckland Hall built in 1774|
|driveway leading to the house|
|cavalry demonstration at Buckland Farm|
|cemetery at Buckland Farm|
|revealing the monument - David Blake, owner and Alex Grey, Eagle Scout|
After the dedication ceremony they fired three shots from this cannon. I wasn't able to get a picture of the firing because my hands were busy protecting my children's ears. As my children are frightened of the noise of a hair dryer I believe this artillery fire may have taken a few years off their life.
That ceremony was the end of the activities for the day. We were all tired, my kids had been incredibly cooperative in indulging their parents in over eight hours of Civil war history!
|walking through the pasture, all tired out|