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Learning about the Civil War
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Learning about the Civil War

Civil War re-enactors prepare to fire a cannon.

Civil War re-enactors prepare to fire a cannon. Photo by Bonnie Hobbs.

— The 17th annual Fairfax Civil War Day was April 29 at Historic Blenheim.

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Tracy and Stephen Riordan portraying Ann and Capt. James I. Waddell, who commanded the last Confederate ship to surrender.

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From left: John Myers as John Rice, plus Carmen Wooden and Fred Eckstein as Margaret and Amos Benson. During the Battle of First Manassas, the Bensons nursed the wounded Rice back to health; 25 years later, he repaid them by donating money to rebuild their church.