The Washington Times - September 5, 2009, 09:46AM

Thanks to Chuck Mauro for forwarding this information:




Museum Hosts Authors This September


A Southern Spy in Northern Virginia

with Charles Mauro

Sunday, September 13, 2 p.m


William Grayson and the Constitution

with Lucy Baker-Dickey

Sunday, September 20, 2 p.m.


The Complete Civil War Road Trip Guide: More than 400 Sites from Antietam to Zagonyi’s Charge with Michael Weeks

Saturday, September 26, 11 a.m.


Mosby, The Grey Ghost

with Don Hakenson

Sunday, September 27, 2 p.m.



This September The Manassas Museum will host four authors who will share their expertise on Civil War and Revolutionary-era history, and history-inspired travel, during Author’s Presentations and Book Signings.


On Sunday, September 13 at 2 p.m. Charles Mauro, the author and photographer of A Southern Spy in Northern Virginia: The Civil War Album of Laura RatcliffeThe Civil War in Fairfax County: Civilians and Soldiers;Herndon: A Town and Its History; and Herndon: A History in Images, will speak about his research.


His latest book, A Southern Spy in Northern Virginia, follows young Laura Ratcliffe of Fairfax County, who provided not only a safe haven for Rebel forces, but intelligence gathered from passing Union soldiers. In the book, Mauro uncovers the secrets of an album entrusted to Ratcliffe by Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart.


Mauro received the Nan Netherton Heritage Award from the Fairfax County History Commission for his historical research, writing, and photography of The Battle of Chantilly (Ox Hill), A Monumental Storm. He is also the writer and co-producer of the independent film, The Battle of Chantilly (Ox Hill), based on his book.


On Sunday, September 20 at 2 p.m., Lucy Baker-Dickey will discuss her book about a Prince William County native who served in the Continental Army with George Washington, voted against ratification of the Constitution, and served as a U.S. Senator.


William Grayson and the Constitution, 1788by Baker-Dickey, who is the fourth great granddaughter of William Grayson and his only biographer, studies how Grayson was one of a minority who opposed ratification of the Federal Constitution while serving as a member of the Virginia delegation.

Grayson graduated from The University of Oxford, England, and studied law at the Temple in London before settling in Dumfries as a lawyer. He was appointed an aide-de-camp to George Washington in 1776, became colonel of a Virginia regiment, and distinguished himself at the battle of Monmouth in 1778. He was a member of the Continental Congress in from 1784 to 1787, and served in the First Congress as a senator from Virginia.

Baker-Dickey has also written a screenplay, The Life of William Grayson.


Civil War history buffs and those who enjoy traveling to historic sites will enjoy a presentation by Michael Weeks, author of The Complete Civil War Road Trip Guide: More than 400 Sites from Antietam to Zagonyi’s Charge on Saturday, September 26 at

11 a.m.

Weeks is an amateur historian with a passion for the road. He has driven tens of thousands of miles across America in search of the living roots of U.S. history, and includes 444 sites—some well known and some unknown—in his guidebook. Each site he features highlights key figures and events in the Civil War, and offers directions and lodging suggestions. Weeks, who lives in Chicago and visited all the sites in his book, does not own a car.

On Sunday September 27, at 2 p.m. author Don Hakenson discusses Col. John S. Mosby and the Civil War.

Hakenson, president of the Stuart-Mosby Historical Society, is also the author of This Forgotten Land: A Tour of Civil War Sites and Other Historical Landmarks South of Alexandria, Virginia, about Civil War history in Fairfax County, and has co-authored two books with Gregg Dudding about Col. Mosby and his men. Hakenson’s bookThis Forgotten Land, was the recipient of the 2001 Nan Netherton award. He is a founder and member on the board of directors for the Franconia Museum, and frequently leads tours, speaks and writes about Mosby and Civil War history.

Each author’s presentation is included with admission. Their books are available for signing and purchase at Echoes, the Manassas Museum Store. Visit or call 703-368-1873 for more information.