The Washington Times - August 7, 2009, 10:02AM

The following news has been received from Mark Trbovich of the Bull Run  Civil War Round Table — sound iike good events.



In commemoration of the 147th Anniversary of the Battle of Kettle Run and the Battle of Thoroughfare Gap, the Prince William County Historic Preservation Division and The Turn the Mill Around Campaign are co-sponsoring tours of two historic Civil War battlefields in Prince William and Fauquier Counties. Several tours will be offered throughout the day ofeach battlefield on Saturday, August 29th, 2009.

Fought days before the Battle of Second Manassas, the outcomes of these two battles contributed to the Confederate victory there. Learn about the tragic story of the men who fought these battles and the current efforts to preserve these two local battlefields.

Tours of the Kettle Run Battlefield will take place at 11am, 12pm, 2pm, and 3pm; tours of the Thoroughfare Gap Battlefield at Chapman’s Mill will take place at 9am, 10am, 4pm and 5:45pm. All tours are free of charge. Tour guides include Childs Burden, Jim Burgess, James Greevy, Mike Miller and Bruce Slawter.

The Battle of Kettle Run Tours will be held at Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park at the corner of 10th Alabama Way and Iron Brigade Unit Ave. in Bristow, VA. The Battle of Thoroughfare Gap Tours will be held at Chapman’s Mill at 17504 Beverley Mill Rd., Broad Run, VA 20137.

For more information, please call 703-365-7895 or

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Here you are folks, battlefield tours right in our own back yard!  Many times I hear from UDC groups and SCV camps as well that nothing ever happens near home.  Those who don’t want to drive an hour plus to Gettysburg, or down to Chancellorsville, or even to Manassas, think that there is nothing for them.  Here is an excellent opportunity to take in two battlefields — Thoroughfare Gap is probably better known than Kettle Run, but worth are a good way to spend a Saturday in August.