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Witness to War & Reunion

150th Kick-Off Event CrowdCivil War 150th Commemoration, 2011-2014

Exhibitions |  Upcoming EventsHistory of Alexandria During the Civil War

Witness to war and reunion, Alexandria's place in Civil War history is truly unique. The Office of Historic Alexandria is commemorating the Civil War Sesquicentennial through special events and exhibits, and by pulling together resources on the history of Alexandria in the CIvil War




  • Visit Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site, where thematic exhibitions explore different facets of Civil War military and civilian life, especially those related to the Defenses of Washington, the life of the Union soldier and local history focusing on wartime Alexandria.
  • At Alexandria Archaeology, temporary  exhibitions include Wanted: Young Heroes. A Civil War Drummer Boy. The re-examination of a 19th century drumstick, found in a privy behind 404 King Street during the 1974 excavation of the block, led to an examination of young drummer boys during the Civil War. The main exhibition, A Community Digs Its Past: The Lee Street Site, includes sections on a Civil War hospital support complex, and a related exhibit case displays artifacts from several Civil War camp sites.

Upcoming Events

Check out the  Calendar of Events for the latest information , including Lectures, Dance Classes, Movies, Civil War Sundays, and more. 

History of Civilian laborers for the US Military Railroad in AlexandriaAlexandria During the Civil War

The occupation of Alexandria by Union troops forever changed the social, cultural and economic fabric of the old seaport town. For four years Alexandria was an occupied city; enduring the longest military occupation by Union troops of any town during the conflict.

The following  historic resources provide some insight into the War and its effect on Alexandria and its inhabitants.