Falls Church – Rich in Civil War History
The Village of Falls Church was frequently in the divide between the warring factions and the people and the place was greatly impacted by the war. The sentiments and loyalty of the people were divided. It had an integrated Home Guard and was occupied by the Union forces for the last 3 years of the war. General Longstreet (U.S.) made his headquarters here during his Northern Virginia Campaign. Colonel John Mosby (CSA) made frequent raids into the village for supplies and to take captives. Photographer Matthew Brady made some iconic photographs here. The Southern Claims Commission records show that the village had a thriving colored community both free and enslaved.
The Falls Church Sanctuary During the Civil War
Taylor’s Tavern -First Use of Aeronautics in U.S. During War – Thaddeus Lowe
The Cherry Hill Farm House – the Homefront
Living in Fear – Mosby’s Rangers
Galloway Methodist Church – Colored Troops
Harriet and George Brice – Seizing Freedom and Facing Challenges