Baileys Closeup


3713 S. George Mason Drive, Suite 1302
Falls Church, VA 22041-3761

Lincoln at the Crossroads Alliance
3713 S. George Mason Drive, Suite 1302
Falls Church, VA 22041

November 1, 2011                Contact:  Maria Elena Schacknies, (703) 820-1904

Union Army Grand Review of November 20, 1861
to be Re-enacted at Fort McNair Nov. 12
‘President Lincoln’ to Preside


Falls Church, Va.—Union General George B. McClellan’s Grand Review of the newly reorganized and enlarged Army of the Potomac, held at Bailey’s Crossroads, Va., on Nov. 20, 1861, before President Abraham Lincoln and members of his Cabinet, will be re-enacted Nov. 12, 2011, at the Fort McNair Parade Field, Washington, D.C., from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m.  This sesquicentennial re-enactment is being sponsored by the Lincoln at the Crossroads Alliance (LATCRA).

Maria Elena Schacknies, LATCRA founder and president, announced that the re-enactment will consist of a parade suggesting the 70,000 troops that marched before Lincoln on a cold, wet November day on the old Leesburg Pike, today’s Virginia Route 7 in the heart of Bailey’s Crossroads.  The parade route had been a Confederate campsite abandoned by Rebel forces on Munson’s Hill shortly before McClellan’s Grand Review. 

In addition to Civil War re-enactors, participants in the 2011 parade will include the Joint Forces Color Guard, the Continental Fife and Drum Corps of the Third Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), Color Guard and Troops, and modern-day armed forces veterans.  Michael S. Linnington, Commanding General, Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region/Military District of Washington, will present remarks.  Other speakers will include Col. Carl Coffman, Commander of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall; and Rhode Island Supreme Court Chief Justice Emeritus and renowned Lincoln scholar Frank J. Williams.  Actor Jim Getty, well known for his realistic portrayals of President Abraham Lincoln, will preside as the 16th president of the United States.

This event, initially planned for re-enactment at the original Bailey’s Crossroads location in Falls Church, Va., had to be relocated due to logistical concerns.  However, Schacknies said, “The spirit of the original event, including President Lincoln’s optimism that the Union would prevail, will mark the re-enactment and will celebrate Lincoln’s determination to do whatever was necessary to keep the country intact.” 

Parade participants must arrive by 9:30am to proceed through the security checkpoint and to form up for the parade.

Spectators should plan to arrive by 10:15am.

Both participants and spectators must proceed through the security checkpoint with a photo ID.

The re-enactment is open to the public without charge.

Directions to Parade.

Detailed background on the 1861 Grand Review.


“I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.”
--Abraham Lincoln