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Library To Host Talk on Civil War Forts in Stafford

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Cross post from The News Desk:

The England Run Branch of Central Rappahannock Regional Library will host a talk Saturday about the few fortifications that survive in Stafford County from the Civil War.

The public is invited to the free program at 3 p.m. at the England Run Branch, 806 Lyons Blvd. off U.S. 17 in southern Stafford. The library’s phone number is 540/899-1703.

Glenn Trimmer, executive director of Friends of Stafford Civil War Sites, will describe the county Civil War park now under construction in eastern Stafford.

Dozens of members of the Virginia Army National Guard devoted two weeks last summer to the project. Guard members plan to return this summer as part of their combat engineer training.

Trimmer will describe the history of the massive forts, which bristled with Union soldiers and artillery that protected the approach from Fredericksburg to the busy rail/steamboat port and supply depot at Aquia Landing on the Potomac River.

He’ll tell how the project began, discuss the historic sites it will preserve and update listeners on the status of the park’s construction.

The local volunteer group’s website is

—from staff reports