Peace Jubilee

Peace Jubilee (HMYT)

Location: Manassas, VA 20110
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 45.129', W 77° 28.548'

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Friendship and Reconciliation

In July, 1911, an amazing event took place here at Manassas, Virginia. The Manassas National Jubilee of Peace brought together Union and Confederate veterans fifty years after the first major battle of the Civil War. For the first time, veterans of both sides came together on the same ground in a ceremony of peace and reconciliation.

The idea for the Peace Jubilee, a week-long celebration of national healing and reunion that took place July 16-22, came in a letter to the Washington Post from D. H. Russell, a South Carolina Confederate veteran. He suggested that the fiftieth anniversary of the First Battle of Manassas be one of peace and reconciliation. George Carr Round, a respected community leader and Union veteran who had settled here after the war, read his words and decided to act on them.

The festivities culminated on July 21, the battle's anniversary. The Union and Confederate veterans fell into opposing lines on Henry House Hill, where fifty years before they had clashed in mortal combat. On a signal, the two sides approached each other, and as they met they clasped hands in friendship and reconciliation. After a picnic on the battlefield, the crowd returned to the Prince William County Courthouse to listen to a speech by President William Howard Taft.

Civil War veterans later held reunions on other great Civil War battlefields, but just as Manassas had been the site of the first major engagement of the war, it was also the site of the first reunion of these former adversaries.

Photo Caption (top Center) Peace Jubilee Headquarters at Manassas Battlefield. On the right is George Carr Round, Chairman of the Jubilee and on the left, Lt. Colonel Edmund Berkeley. Round served in the Union forces in the Signal Corps and Berkeley was commander of the 8th Virginia Vol. Infantry, CSA. The banner between the men reads Head Quarters, Manassas National Jubilee, July 21, 1911. "Let Us Have Peace" -Grant. "Duty-the sublimest word in any language" -Lee. Ewel Camp, C.V.; Masassas Picket Post, G.A.R.

Photo Caption (top right) People's National Bank, corner of Center and Battle Streets, Manassas. The then Town of Manassas decorated buildings with bunting for the event.

Photo Caption (center right) President William Howard Taft addresses the crowd at the Prince William County Courthouse on July 21, 1911.

Photo Caption (bottom right) Governor Mann and staff between veterans of the Blue and Grey lined up for handshake ceremony.
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
Placed ByCivil War Trails
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Date Added Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 4:10am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 284855 N 4292183
Decimal Degrees38.75215000, -77.47580000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 45.129', W 77° 28.548'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 45' 7.74" N, 77° 28' 32.88" W
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Area Code(s)703, 571
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9200-9250 Lee Ave, Manassas VA 20110, US
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