The Grand Review

Brandy Station


June, 2018



President: William Truitt Vice President: Paula K. Johnson Treasurer: Robert Jones Secretary: Dan Orr Board of Directors: Jane Brookins, Donald T. Carlson, Helen Geisler, Howard Lambert, Kimberly Lillard, Peggy Misch, Peter Mocarski, Denise Smith, Paul Warmack.




Beverly Buhrman and young learner in 2016 (Courtesy Breeze Printing)


Tribute Day June 9, 2018 & St. James Commemorative Service June 10th

Mark your calendars for a weekend of family-friendly events on Saturday and Sunday, June 9th and June 10th, 2018.  

On Saturday, the Brandy Station Foundation is sponsoring an event entitled Tribute Day: Honoring Veterans and First Responders which will be held from 10:00 - 3:00 at the "old" Brandy Station Fire Hall located at 19601 Church Rd. in Brandy Station. This presentation will honor and thank the veterans from all wars and first responders for their service. Just prior to that presentation, Marching Through Culpeper author Mrs. Virginia Morton will give a Battle of Brandy Station battlefield tour on Fleetwood Hill beginning at 8:45 finishing just in time at 9:45 for the 10:00 - 11:00 Honor Service.  Please meet Mrs. Morton on Fleetwood Hill (on Fleetwood Heights Road, Brandy Station) at 8:45 AM for the tour.

Beginning at 11:00, Dr. Dan Beattie will begin the Speaker's Program with the topic "June 9, 1863 Battle of Brandy Station" on the 155th anniversary of the largest cavalry battle of the war. Mr. Robert will speak about "Waging War Without Declaring War" and well known personality and historian Mr. Al Stone will speak about "Gen. R.E. Lee".

Sutlers Barry Atchison (left) and Gary Wilson (right) at their crafts tent

(Courtesy Breeze Printing)


Ongoing activities of the day will be a Civil War Telegraph demonstration, a hospital tent, sutlers Barry Atchison and Gary Wilson selling their crafts, historic organizations

informational tables, Mr. Jimmy Eustace artifacts (including local area artifacts) and 


(Courtesy Breeze Printing)

the Children's Corner with period toys, clothes, and "what is it" artifacts.                       

Patriotic and period music will be played throughout the day and a period dance will begin at 1:00 called by the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Era Dancers until 3:00. Living historians will bring history alive in period dress and on site will be Generals: Kemper, Lee, and Pleasanton. Mr. Howard Lambert will be representing the United States Colored Troops. 


A hamburger/hot dog lunch and soft drinks will be available for sale by donation. 

At 3:00 PM the event will continue at the Graffiti House located at 19484 Brandy Rd., Brandy Station until 5:00; although the Graffiti House will open for tours beginning at 11:00. Activities there will include seeing a horse picket line, tours of the Graffiti House, and observing the railroad demonstration provided by the Piedmont Railroaders on Saturday & Sunday. The non-profit group was founded in 1995 as an organization for railroad enthusiasts of all ages to share their interest in railroading. Also, storyteller and entertainer Kenny Postalwait will spin tales and sing original songs.

Storyteller Kenny Postalwait at the Graffiti House

The 10th annual St. James Church Service will take place at the original St. James Church site on Sunday, June 10th. The Christ Episcopal Church in Brandy Station and the Brandy Station Foundation will hold a 1860s’ church service led by Reverend Peter Way, using the original Civil War chalice and  St. James Church Bible. The Maury Camp #1722 Honor Guard members will assist former BSF President Bob Jones as he makes comments on the history of the site. The church was destroyed by Union troops during the 1863 winter encampment of Brandy Station. The well-known musical group Evergreen Shade with Mrs. Anne Howard and Mr. John Tole will provide the musical accompaniment for the church service and another presentation later at the Graffiti House. 


Parking for the service is located just before the entrance into the Culpeper Airport in Elkwood at the designated Civil War Trust parking circle at the intersection of Beverly Ford Rd. and St. James Church Rd. It is a short walk down the road to the site entrance and then a shorter path leads through the woods to the site of the church. Closed shoes are suggested and period dress is welcome. Some seating will be provided, but folding chairs are welcome. In the event of rain, the service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, 14586 Alanthus Rd. in Brandy Station.


Following the church service, refreshments will be served at the Graffiti House. Then a Memorial Service will held at the Pelham statute to remember the "Gallant" Pelham and the recovering soldiers that were hospitalized after the June 9, 1863 battle at the Stone house; now known as the Graffiti House. Soldiers from both sides of the conflict used the embers from the fireplace to write their names, thoughts, and pictures on the house walls for discovery anew as the walls speak again one over hundred and fifty-five years later. A Speakers Program also will be presented until 4:00.


Admission is free to all the events on Saturday and Sunday with donations gratefully accepted. For further information, please see or email or call 540.341.7019.


2018 BSF Board of Directors and Advisory Board


At the Annual Dinner on April 20, the membership approved the slate of BSF Officers and Board of Directors nominated by the Nominating Committee. The Officers are President: William Truitt Vice President: Paula K. Johnson Treasurer: Robert Jones Secretary: Dan Orr. The Board of Directors are : Jane Brookins, Donald T. Carlson, Helen Geisler, Howard Lambert, Kimberly Lillard, Peggy Misch, Peter Mocarski, Denise Smith, Paul Warmack.

Our BSF Advisory Board Members include Dr. Daniel Beattie, Edwin Gentry, Eugene Hankinson, Robert Jones, Robert Luddy, Tony Seidita and Virginia Morton.

2018 Sunday Seminar Series at the Graffiti House

The Brandy Station Foundation 2018 Sunday lecture series began in April and is held on the last Sunday of each month from April through September and begins at 2:00 PM. Everyone is welcome, the lectures are free (although donations are welcome), and free refreshments are provided by BSF board members and friends.


May 27, 2018  Richard Deardoff  "Between Two Fires:  Native Americans and the Civil War.” During the American Civil War, troops were withdrawn from our frontier, prompting uprisings against white settlers by Comanches in the Southwest and the Sioux in Minnesota.  The Confederate force invading Arizona and New Mexico were welcomed as providing protection to Americans there.  After losing the Second Battle of Manassas, John Pope was sent to Minnesota to deal with the Sioux.  This resulted in the largest mass execution in our history. Cherokees in the "Indian Territory" signed a treaty of alliance with the Confederacy and were active primarily in the western theater.  The last rebel army to surrender was the Cherokee force under Stand Watie.  28,693 Native Americans served in the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War, fighting in the battles of Pea Ridge, Second Manassas, Antietam, the Overland Campaign, and Petersburg.

Richard Deardoff is a retired Social Studies teacher from Fauquier County after 40 years experience, and has been named Civil War Trust Teacher of the Year, Sons of the American Revolution Teacher of the Year, Mosby Heritage Area Teacher of the Year, and Brandy Station Foundation Volunteer of the Year.


 June 24, 2018 Eric Cox "The Little Fork Rangers"

 July 29, 2018 William Connery Topic to be announced

August 26, 2018 David Goetz “Ever the Gray Ghost: Colonel John Singleton Mosby and the Lincoln Conspiracies”

September 30, 2018 Anita Henderson, "Maria Lewis, Black Female Trooper of the 8th NY cavalry"



New Membership Year Approved by BSF Board

A restructuring of the BSF membership year was approved on May 2nd and will be effective July 1, 21018. The BSF Corporation membership year will be restructured to coincide with the BSF Corporation fiscal year that is January 1 to December 31 each year. The annual membership will be $30 for a single membership; $40 for a family; and $10 for a student. Any new or renewed membership between July 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018 will be at one-half of the revised annual membership rate. New members and renewals in 2018 prior to July 1, 2018 will have their membership year ending on December 31, 2018.


 Battle of Brandy Station Battlefield Tours

Tours of the Brandy Station Battlefield conducted by volunteers will begin again this spring. Some tours will be scheduled but we will also sponsor tours based upon guest requests. For more information and for pricing, please contact the volunteer coordinator at the Graffiti House, Denise Smith, at 571-426-2774 or All proceeds go to the work of the Brandy Station Foundation.      


Brumfield Elementary School 4th Graders Tour the Graffiti House

On Friday April 13th, 4th grade students from Brumfield Elementary School, located in Fauquier County, toured the Graffiti House coordinated by Volunteer Coordinator Denise Smith. The 89 students & 11 teachers and adult volunteers were divided into groups visiting stations that were staffed by the Brandy Station Foundation Board of Directors and Volunteers. The battlefield talk was led by Virginia Morton and she told the students about young Robert Beckham who had been born in Culpeper and raised in Fauquier. She talked about the Battle of Brandy Station on June 9, 1863 and Robert's job as an artillerist. Bob Jones and Scott Mitchell provided Commentary about the graffiti names and drawings. Denise Smith talked about the Graffiti House and the Wall of Honor. Marsha Melkonion gave tours of  the 1860s’ Hospital Room. Paula Johnson spoke as Mrs. Robert E. Lee about her life and the herbs used as medicine during the 1861 - 1865 war.

Near the end of the visit, one of the teachers stated that "This is the best tour we have ever had." The teachers were going to have their students write a summary of their experiences and what they learned. Then the school buses were loaded up and the tour participants went back to school and life in 2018.




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