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Thank You

LATCRA thanks all the organizations, hundreds of individual donors and volunteers that have allowed us to successfully reach our goal of the Union Army Grand Review re-enactment on November 12, 2011, at the Fort McNair Parade Field, Washington, D.C.

The November 12 event at Fort McNair was videoed by C-Span.
The video is posted at


 The Grand Review of 2011     
        Lincoln at the Crossroads Alliance Newsletter

 December 2011 - Vol 2, Issue 6
In This Issue
November 12 Ceremony and Parade
Grand Ball
2011 Activities
Plans for 2012

Our final newsletter of 2011 presents articles and some pictures about the Grand Review commemorative events that took place on November 11 and 12. 

Thanks to the support of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, the Bailey's Crossroads Revitalization Corporation, The Lincoln Forum, other organizations, and individual donors and volunteers, on a beautiful autumn day in Washington, D.C., at the Fort McNair Parade field, a reenactment was held to commemorate the 1861 Grand Review of the Union Army.  This was the culmination of efforts of the Lincoln at the Crossroads Alliance (LATCRA) and all the work that so many volunteers have accomplished to bring the Sesquicentennial of Lincoln's Grand Review to life.

Ceremony and Parade to be Broadcast

American History TV recorded the ceremony and parade at Fort McNair.

The entire program will air on January 2nd as part of an 8 hour Civil War marathon reviewing events of 1861 on C-Span3 History.

Here is a seven minute clip:

If you miss the show, it will be available in their video library after January 2nd:


Regards to all of you and a Happy New Year!

Maria Elena Schacknies
November 12, 2011 Ceremony and Parade
In partnership with Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, LATCRA held a ceremony and parade at Fort McNair, Washington, D.C., to commemorate the Sesquicentennial of Lincoln's Grand Review of the Army of the Potomac in November 1861. 
Honor Guard
Joint Forces Color Guard
Photos (c) B. Guthrie

In addition to Civil War re-enactors, participants in the 2011 parade  included the Joint Forces Color Guard, the Continental Fife and Drum Corps of the Third Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), and modern-day armed forces veterans. Ed Bearss, Chief Historian Emeritus, National Park Service, served as Grand Marshal.  

F&D and Honor Guard

Fife and Drum Corps and Joint Forces Color Guard

Photos (c) B. Guthrie

Major General Michael S. Linnington, Commanding General, Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region/Military District of Washington, presented remarks. Other speakers included Colonel Carl R. Coffman, Commander of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall; and Rhode Island Supreme Court Chief Justice Emeritus and renowned Lincoln scholar Frank J. Williams.

 The Bailey's Crossroads Baptist Church Choir sang the United States National Anthem and Julia Ward Howe's Battle Hymn of the Republic.

 Actor Jim Getty, well known for his realistic portrayals of President Abraham Lincoln, presided as the 16th president of the United States and spoke to the audience about the Grand Review.  The picture below shows Mr. Getty, RI Supreme Court Chief Justice Emeritus Frank J. Williams, Major General Michael S. Linnington, and Ms. Jenée Lindner dressed as Julie Ward Howe before the start of the ceremonies.

Getty, etc.

Before the Parade

Photos (c) A. Gonzalez




Re-enactors at Parade

Photos (c) B. Guthrie



Leading the Choir
Photos (c) A. Gonzalez



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Grand Ball Welcomed Enthusiastic Dancers

LATCRA held a Grand Ball that included members of the Victorian Society Dance Ensemble and other participants at the Hilton Mark Center, Alexandria, Virginia, on November 11, 2011. Music was presented by Doug Jimerson's Civil War Comrades, and Larry Keener-Farley. Members of the dance ensemble encouraged costumed and non-costumed attendees to dance throughout the evening.

 The Victorian Society created the centerpieces for the tables and assisted with participant registration.

dance card
Grand Ball Dance Card

A dance card for the Grand Ball was created by students of Northern Virginia Community College, NOVA Studio. The card was inspired by a copy of the dance card for President Lincoln's First Inaugural Ball of 1861.  It listed the Program of dances and attached a pencil to be used to fill in the ladies' dance partners for the evening.


Dancing at the Grand Ball

Photos (c) A. Gonzalez





Greeting Grand Ball Attendees
Photos (c) A. Gonzalez

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LATCRA's 2011 Accomplishments

With a $5000 grant from the Bailey's Revitalization Corporation, an eight-minute video focusing on efforts to bring history to life in the Bailey's Crossroads area, site of Lincoln's Grand Review of the Army of the Potomac in 1861, was produced by Kramer Communications.

 On February 9, The Peace Convention at 150: A Call to Compromise Symposium was held at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel, Washington, D.C., co-sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, in partnership with the Willard Intercontinental Hotel and with the endorsement of The Lincoln Forum. A bronze plaque commemorating the Sesquicentennial of the 1861 Peace Convention was dedicated.

 A musical program named Lincoln's Life in Music was offered at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church's Meletis Charuhas Community Center in Bailey's Crossroads on February 11.  Lincoln author and pianist, Elizabeth Smith Brownstein, and violinist SMG Laura Knutzon of the U.S. Army Band, performed the program.  St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church donated the space for this concert.

 LATCRA provided support to the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College's (NOVA) Conference and Concert on November 11. The Conference, At the Crossroads of History: Bailey's Through the Century, focused on the history of the Bailey's Crossroads area with a particular emphasis on the Civil War period.  Following the conference, NOVA's music program presented Spirit of the Civil War in the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. The multi-media concert was a collaboration of NOVA's music, communication design and photography programs.

 LATCRA sponsored the Grand Ball at the Hilton Mark Center following the concert. 

 On November 12, in partnership with Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, guests attended a ceremony and parade at Fort McNair to commemorate the Sesquicentennial of Lincoln's Grand Review of the Army of the Potomac.  Although we worked throughout the past four years to hold the parade at Bailey's Crossroads, we were unable to raise the funds necessary to hold the parade as planned. 

 With a $5000 grant from the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, we produced a student guide for elementary/middle school children about the Grand Review.  Two thousand copies have been distributed to students from Fairfax County Public Schools, Alexandria City and Arlington County. Children who attended the parade also were provided with copies of the student guide.

 Students from Fairfax County created an exhibit about the Grand Review and enlarged the student guide. The exhibit was first displayed at the George Mason Regional Library in Annandale, Virginia. Gretchen Anderson, LATCRA's School Coordinator volunteer, worked with the students on the exhibit.  The exhibit remained at the library until the end of November, and there are plans to display a re-assembled exhibit at another Fairfax County library.

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Plans for 2012

 The LATCRA Board of Directors agreed to continue to seek funding for the Lincoln statue to be displayed in Bailey's Crossroads.

 Potential programs may include an event in the Spring to coincide with the release of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Lincoln.

 Additional items discussed at the Board of Directors meeting include creation of public programs, creating and filling a post of Executive Director, and continued fundraising.

 We welcomed a new Board member, Wendy Swanson.  Wendy brings a lifetime commitment to honoring the legacy of President Lincoln.

 Frank Sellers has resigned from the Board, but he will continue serving LATCRA on the Board of Advisors. 

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This Newsletter is published by The Lincoln at the Crossroads Alliance (LATCRA) and is the property of The Alliance.
  Editor:        June Baker


LATCRA directors, advisors and volunteers are excited to present an educational and promotional video covering LATCRA's history and plans and its association with the Bailey's Crossroads area.

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This video has been funded by the Bailey's Crossroads Revitalization Corporation (BCRC), a community organization that is organized as a non-profit corporation to advocate for a comprehensive revitalization program in the Bailey's Crossroads and Seven Corners areas within Fairfax County, Virginia. (

The seven minute video has been prepared by film and video production company, Kramer Communications (, an Emmy winner for its first independent documentary, The Price for Paradise. Jeffrey T. Kramer, Director of Video Production, conducted the interviews in early December.

See more information in our Newsletter.

Newsletter June 2011

All the newest information in PDF format

January 2011 Newsletter
October 2010 Newsletter
June 2010 Newsletter

Current Brochure for LATCRA in PDF format.

Student Guide in PDF format.

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To re-enact the 150th Anniversary of Lincoln's Grand Review of 1861 at Bailey's Crossroads in November 2011 and establish future re-enactments every five years;

To commission and place a life size bronze commemorative sculpture of Abraham Lincoln and a bas-relief of the Grand Review sculpted by Ron Tunison;

To place Virginia Civil War Campaign Trail historic signs in the Northern Virginia region of Bailey’s Crossroads and develop related educational programs and materials;

To commission a painting of Lincoln’s Grand Review and five other paintings related to Civil War events around Bailey’s Crossroads;

To create an illustrated portfolio of the above six paintings and the Civil War in Northern Virginia.


Employ Lincoln’s legacy to inspire a concept of what it means to be an American, with the by product of encouraging immigrants to become naturalized citizens;

Foster increased historical education and promote educational activities through the placement of historic markers and development of related educational materials;

Inspire community cohesiveness in the Bailey’s Crossroads area through the commemoration of a shared historical legacy.

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