Pr. William Cty. Prepares for Civil War Anniversary

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With the 150th anniversary of the Civil War approaching in 2011, Prince William County officials and historians have begun meeting to determine how the war should be commemorated.

The county played a key role in the war's early stages, hosting the first major battle -- the First Battle of Bull Run, or First Battle of Manassas -- at what is now Manassas National Battlefield Park. Although that event and other large battles in Prince William are more well known, there are other, smaller events to commemorate in the county that will help deepen knowledge of the war and its social, political and economic significance, said Brendon Hanafin, director of the county's historical preservation office.

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