As in 2011, the 150th Anniversary of the Second Battle of Manassas took place in separate area locations. On August 24-26, 2012, FGC members and Lee’s Lieutenants were featured in the living history encampment on the Manassas Museum lawn.
Weekend activities featured battle reenactments, living history encampments open to visitors, a Civil War parade in Old Manassas, a Mobile History Exhibit, Re-enactor Reception in the Train Depot, Civil War period music, and a Blue and Gray Ball. It should be noted General & Mrs. Lee and General Grant were away on a 20-day Mississippi cruise. Their absence was keenly felt.
Temperatures were 20 degrees cooler this year; however, the area was subjected to heavy rains on Saturday afternoon. In addition, the threat of severe thunderstorms caused the cancellation of several events scheduled for late Sunday afternoon and evening. The City of Manassas, Museum staff and the police department did an incredible job to supply lunches, and ample amounts of water and ice throughout the weekend.
Although the Meet the Generals presentations were cancelled due to weather, many visitors came to our encampment to speak to the Generals, Officers and Civilians of the FGC. Visitors especially enjoyed speaking to Clara Barton and learning about the role of the Sanitary Commission during the Civil War. Portraying an infantry soldier, equipped with musket, ammunition, rations, and accoutrements, Joe Sodomin did an excellent job in describing daily life of a Union soldier.