Bailey’s Crossroads

Lincoln at the Crossroads Alliance

3713 S. George Mason Drive, Suite 1302
Falls Church, VA 22041-3761
Telephone and Fax (703) 820-1904

What Is the Lincoln at the Crossroads Alliance?

Background

Lincoln at the Crossroads Alliance (“The Alliance”) was created to commemorate President Abraham Lincoln’s Grand Review of Union troops at Bailey’s Crossroads on Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Virginia, on November 20, 1861. While 70,000 troops participated in what is the largest military parade in the United States to date, few people, including thousands of school children, know of the event today or the historical importance of the Bailey’s Crossroads area.Thus, the Alliance has been established primarily to bring new honor to this region of Northern Virginia through prominent recognition of this historic Civil War event.

After the defeat of the Union Army on July 21, 1861, at the First Battle of Manassas, President Lincoln appointed Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan as commander of the demoralized army. A superb organizer, McClellan quickly rebuilt the army and, on November 20, 1861, staged a formal military review between Munson’s Hill and Bailey’s Crossroads to instill pride and renew motivation both in the Army and the nation. Lincoln and his Cabinet attended. The 70,000 troops that marched included seven divisions under the command of Generals McCall, Heintzelman, Smith, Franklin, Blender, Porter, and McDowell. Other Union military that participated were seven regiments of cavalry numbering approximately 8,000 men; 90 regiments of infantry; and 20 batteries of artillery. More than 20 generals, commanding divisions and brigades, with five times the number of staff officers, mounted on highly mottled horses, completed the great spectacle of the parade, which was witnessed not only by President Lincoln, his Cabinet, and other dignitaries, but also by an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 spectators, according to a news story published November 21, 1861, in the New York Times.

Mission

To annually commemorate anniversaries of Lincoln’s Grand Review of 1861 at Bailey’s Crossroads each November through 2015;

To unveil Ron Tunison’s life-size bronze commemorative sculpture of Abraham Lincoln and a bas-relief of the Grand Review;

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.

 

Vision

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 Lincoln legacy.

 

Goals

The continued commemorations of Lincoln’s Grand Review of the Army of the Potomac annually through 2015.

The placement of the major public art work in the form of a bronze statue of President Lincoln at the Grand Review will be created by the world renowned sculptor of historical monuments, Ron Tunison, of Cairo, New York.

The Alliance will also facilitate the placement of Virginia Civil War Campaign Trail signs along Route 7 (between Alexandria and Falls Church, Virginia) and on Columbia Pike (between the Air Force Memorial and Annandale). The Alliance anticipates coordination with the jurisdictions of Alexandria City, Bailey’s Crossroads, Arlington County, Fairfax County and Annandale in the development and placement of these signs denoting activities directly connected to Lincoln’s Grand Review or other significant Civil War events. This objective would have an expected completion date of 2015 being the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.

Bradley Schmehl will create the official painting of the Grand Review of 1861 and five other Civil War paintings by renowned Civil War artists will also be commissioned.

A handsome portfolio of the above six paintings enriched by period illustrations with a written text on each Northern Virginia community will be edited by professional military historian Kim B. Holien.

 

Accomplishments

The Alliance with the sponsorship of  Bailey’s Crossroads Revitalization Corporation presented An Evening with Mr. Lincoln, a performance by the renowned Lincoln portrayer Mr. James A. Getty, at The Kennedy Center, on June 11, 2009.

On September 10, 2010 in partnership with Goodwin House of Bailey’s Crossroads, the Alliance presented Lincoln and His Leadership, with Jim Getty portraying Mr. Lincoln.

Kramer Communications produced an eight-minute video on LATCRA’s vision funded by the Bailey’s Crossroads Revitalization Corporation (BCRC).  The video can be seen at www.latcra.org.

On February 5, 2011, the Alliance offered a free musical program entitled Abraham Lincoln’s Life in Music at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church of Northern Virginia’s Community Center, featuring author and pianist Elizabeth Smith Brownstein and violinist SMG Laura Knutson.

On February 11, 2011, with the co-sponsorship of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation and in partnership with the Willard InterContinental Hotel, the Alliance held a symposium to commemorate the Washington Peace Convention held at the Willard Hotel in 1861.  A commemorative Sesquicentennial bronze plaque was unveiled.

In partnership with the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation an illustrated student guide was produced on the Grand Review of 1861.

On November 11, 2011, a symposium was held at Northern Virginia Community College/Alexandria Campus on the past, present and future of Bailey’s Crossroads. In the evening, a Grand Concert featuring music of the Civil War was held at the Schlesinger Center for the Performing Arts. That evening reenactors and parade participants attended a Grand Ball.

The first commemoration of Lincoln’s Grand Review took place on November 12, 2011, at historic Fort McNair.  A video of that ceremony is available at www.latcra.org.  

 

More Information

Lincoln at the Crossroads Alliance Web Site: www.latcra.org

Pictures of the Grand review re-enactment (part I)

Pictures of the Grand review re-enactment (part II)

LINK TO A VIDEO OF THE RE-ENACTMENT


You can also contact us by mail

You can send us your mail addressed to:

Bailey’s Crossroads Revitalization Corporation
Mason District Governmental Center
6507 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003

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