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Upper Rappahannock River Civil War Mapping Project
CFFC awarded grant for Rappahannock study by Park Service battlefield protection program In August of 2011, The American Battlefield Protection Program awarded CFFC with a grant for $55,000 to study and map the troop movement along the southern borders of Fauquier and Culpeper Counties along the Rappahannock River. The river played an important role during the war and at times, was the dividing line between the North and the South. Once a consultant for this project is chosen, CFFC’s Susan Russell, along with representatives from historical organizations from both counties, will be working together to bring this project to a successful conclusion.
The Citizens For Fauquier County has received a National Park Service American Battlefield Protection Program grant to prepare a comprehensive mapping analysis of Cedar Mountain, Rappahannock Station I, Kelly’s Ford, Brandy Station, Auburn I, Auburn II, Buckland Mills, Rappahannock Station II, and Morton’s Ford Civil War Battlefields in context of the larger Civil War landscape formed by the compound layers of troop movement in the Upper Rappahannock River region between March, 1862 and May, 1864.
This project will be in collaboration with the American Battlefield Protection Program division of the National Park Service, Citizens for Fauquier County, and other local public and private groups with an interest in the preservation, management and interpretation of the region’s Civil War resources.
The nine Civil War Battlefields number among the top 3% most significant in the war. The Battlefields have additional importance as keystone elements within a larger Civil War landscape formed by over two years of troop movement and encampments in the Upper Rappahannock River region.
Mapping these battlefields in this broader regional context will achieve the following goals:
Refine, confirm, and map nine battlefield boundaries and actions;
Map and document smaller battlefields such as “Barbee’s Crossroads,” (November 5, 1862), and others that occurred within the project area; and
Unveil and document the region’s unique Civil War history associated with the strategically important Upper Rappahannock River.
The Request for Proposal and Scope of Work statement CFFC has circulated to locate qualified historic preservation consultants interested in performing the described work can be downloaded using the document link icons in the right hand column of this page.