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Fairfax County, Virginia, is an area ripe with Civil War history. Just across the Potomac River on the doorstep of Washington D.C., the county was a prized target by the Confederate Army and defended with equal determination by the Union Army. The Civil War in Fairfax County presents the Civil War history of the area through the stories of a variety of individual soldiers and civilians. It contains stories of the devastation brought by both armies on the civilians and their property and the daily strife caused by the war, pitting neighbor against neighbor and family members against themselves. This book is both an important and fascinating look into the everyday lives of those in Fairfax County who lived through the most tumultuous four years in American history, in a county that was occupied by both the Confederate and Union Armies throughout the entire Civil War.