The Civil War in Fairfax County: Civilians and Soldiers

  • Overview
  • Details
  • Author
  • More About This Book
In his latest book, The Civil War in Fairfax County: Civilians and Soldiers, Charles Mauro has given voice to the heretofore silent majority of the participants in the Civil War: the civilians. This overdue study examines the full spectrum of men, women, slaves and freedmen who lived in Fairfax County, Virginia, during this chaotic, uncertain period. Drawn from the files of the Southern Claims Commission, Mauro recounts the stories the civilians told the Commission after the war to document their losses, lives and living conditions. The citizens of Fairfax County found themselves occupying front row seats at the most horrific show that this country has ever seen. Because of its position just across the Potomac River on the doorstep of the city of Washington, Fairfax County was heavily targeted by the Confederate army and defended with equal determination by the Union army. Fairfax was the first county in the South that the Union army invaded, and the last it occupied as soldiers were mustered out of service after the Grand Review. The Civil War in Fairfax County contains stories of the devastation that both armies brought upon the civilians and their property, as well as the daily strife caused by a war that pitted neighbor against neighbor and family members against themselves. It gives an important, fascinating and unprecedented look into the everyday lives of the civilians who lived through the most tumultuous four years in American history, in a county that was occupied by both the Confederate and Union armies throughout the entire Civil War.
ISBN: 9781596291485
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Virginia
Series: Civil War
Images: 31
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 7 (w) x 10 (h)
Mr. Mauro is the author and photographer of Herndon: A Town and Its History, Herndon: A History in Images and The Battle of Chantilly (Ox Hill): A Monumental Storm, for which he received the Nan Netherton Heritage Award for his historical research, writing and photography. He is also the writer and co-producer of the independent film The Battle of Chantilly (Ox Hill), based on his book. Chuck is a past president of the Herndon Historical Society and is a member of the Historic Centreville Society, Ltd., the Bull Run and Capital Hill Civil War Round Tables, the Friends of Fort Ward, the Louisiana Historical Association Memorial Hall Foundation, Inc., the National Center for Civil War Photography and the Civil War Preservation Trust. He is also a member and past president of the Manassas Warrenton Camera Club and has won numerous prizes for his photography. Mr. Mauro received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland and a Masters in Business Administration from Temple University. He is currently a manager at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). He lives with his wife in Herndon, Virginia.
More About This Book