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Date(s) - 08/12/2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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In the early morning hours of May 24, 1861, Union soldiers in Arlington began a construction project that would last the entirety of the war and dominate the local landscape: the Arlington Line fortifications. While many of the Line’s physical remains have been lost to time and development, the legacy of the Arlington Line can still be felt across the county. In this program, we will explore the origin, layout, and construction of these important Civil War defenses, as well as the people who made them possible.

Our speaker will be John McNair, Park Historian at Arlington County’s Fort C.F. Smith Park responsible for educational programing across various historic sites within the Arlington County Parks system. McNair holds a Bachelors degree in history from the University of Mary Washington, and a masters degree in history from George Mason University. He began his career in public history as an intern for the National Park Service at the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park and has since worked as a Certified Interpretive Guide for the Fairfax County Park Authority and the Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation.

Attendees must register for this event before Wednesday, August 11, by providing your email address at this link:

On the morning of the event (August 12) attendees will receive an email with zoom access information. This procedure is for your security.

This event is part of a series of free monthly public events provided by the Arlington Historical Society. Since the pandemic curtailed live events, AHS has been providing them free to the public via Zoom. AHS hopes this is our final Zoom event. Recordings of previous events are available at: Video – Arlington Historical Society