In The Shadow of the Enemy: An Afternoon at Avenel
General Robert E. Lee spent the night before the Second Battle of Manassas with his Fauquier County cousins at Avenel. General Stonewall Jackson marched his men across Avenel on the way to Second Manassas. Cousin Ida Dulany of Oakley and Mrs. Beverly of Avenel recorded their experiences on the southern home front during the American Civil War. They expressed their feelings and emotions at seeing soldiers of both the North and South in their neighborhood as well as the way their lives changed because of war. Step back into the past while enjoying some cheese and wine and listen to voices from the Civil War period. You will hear readings from Ida Dulany’s diary, In the Shadow of the Enemy and the memoir of Mrs. Beverly giving us a look into the feelings of these southern women who witnessed the going and comings of war. Tour Avenel and walk along the roadbed used by Jackson. Mary Mackall, one of the editors of the Ida Dulany diary will sign copies of the diary.