STAFF RIDE, Stafford Civil War Park & White Oak Museum
9:30 AM, SATURDAY, MARCH 2nd, 2013
Approximately 30 members of both the Fredericksburg and Bull Run CWRTs met at the Stafford Civil War Park for the first ride-along staff tour. On this bright and brisk day, Colonel Glenn Trimmer, USAF (ret) of the Friends of Stafford Civil War Sites was kind enough to act as our personal staff guide. He pointed out that the Stafford Civil War Park is the place from which many of the Federal troops departed for Chancellorsville following their winter encampment in 1863. This site is also crucial to understanding the planned defenses of Aquia Landing during the Union Army of the Potomac's "Valley Forge”. We were fortunate as this was the last opportunity to tour the park before its official April 27th opening. After we saw the park up close and natural, we then convoyed POVs over to the award-winning White Oak CW Museum where we had a up close view of the encampment huts as well as an enormous collection of Civil War artifacts. D.P. Newton generously shared his views and answered many questions.