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Northern Virginia

Timeline of Civil War Events

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May 24–25 Union troops occupy Arlington Heights and Alexandria. Col. Elmer E. Ellsworth is killed after removing a Confederate flag from the Marshall House in Alexandria.

June 1 Cavalry clash at Fairfax Court House. First Confederate officer killed.

June 17 Troops clash at Vienna

July 21 First Battle of Manassas (Bull Run)

Oct. 21 Battle of Ball's Bluff

Dec. 21–22 Battle of Dranesville


Aug. 22 Confederate raid at Catlett's Station

Aug. 29–30 Battle of Second Manassas

Sept. 1 Battle of Chantilly

Sept. 4–6 Confederate army passes through Leesburg on the march to Maryland


March 17 Raid on Kelly's Ford

March 30 Mosby raids Catlett's Station

June 19-21 Stuart's cavalry fights screening action along modern Route 50

Oct. 14 Battle of Bristoe Station


July 13–16 Early crosses back into Virginia after Maryland excursion

Nov. 6 Mosby attacks workers on Manassas Gap Railroad at Salem


April 21 Mosby disbands his Rangers, rather than surrender them