March 31st and April 1st
from 11AM to 4PM
for this educational program at the Graffiti House
(Click for directions.) The
event, including a tour of the historic house, is free.
Donations to support the restoration activities are greatly
The Fairfax Rifles (the 17th
Virginia Infantry Regiment, Company D) and the
Little Fork Rangers (the 4th
Virginia Cavalry, Company D) are establishing camps at the
Graffiti House where they will demonstrate the lifestyle of
the Confederate soldier who fought in the Civil War.
Throughout both days,
skilled re-enactors from the Fairfax Rifles
to visit their web site.) will demonstrate how
the typical soldier in the Army of Northern Virginia was
uniformed and equipped. Educational programs will feature drill
demonstrations, musket firings and talks about field cooking and
the camp life of a Southern soldier on campaign. Their ladies,
dressed in authentic costume will accompany the Fairfax Rifles.
addition, the Little Fork Rangers from the Rixeyville area will
ride their mounts over to Brandy Station and set up a cavalry
camp. These Confederate cavalry re-enactors will demonstrate the
experiences of soldiers who participated in J.E.B. Stuart’s
“Grand Review” and the June 9th, Battle of Brandy
Station in Culpeper County. The living historians will perform
authentic drill maneuvers on horseback and demonstrate the
equipment that a cavalry soldier would have used.
Free tours of the historic
Graffiti House will be conducted all day. During the Civil War,
this house was used extensively by both the Union and
Confederates armies. After the great cavalry battle at Brandy
Station on June 9, 1863, the house served as a Confederate
hospital. Later, Federal troops occupied the building when the
Army of the Potomac camped in Culpeper County during the winter
of 1863-64. The plaster walls on the second floor of the house
are covered with an outstanding and unique collection of
charcoal and pencil graffiti left by soldiers from both armies.
information call 540-727-7718.
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