The Grand Review

Brandy Station


September, 2018



President: William Truitt Vice President: Paula K. Johnson Treasurer: Robert Jones Secretary: Dan Orr Board of Directors: Jane Brookins, Donald T. Carlson, Helen Geisler, Howard Lambert, Kimberly Lillard, Peggy Misch, Peter Mocarski, Denise Smith, Paul Warmack.



Culpeper Paranormal at the Graffiti House


Spirits of the Graffiti House on October 20, 6 PM-9PM


The Spirits of the Graffiti House will be held at the Civil War Graffiti House in Brandy Station, 19484 Brandy Road . There will be treats, toasted marshmallows, storytelling, and paranormal investigators from Culpeper Paranormal will share their findings from investigations at the Graffiti House.  
Holiday Open House on December 8th, 1-4PM

Saturday, December 8th 1-4 PM. The Brandy Station Foundation is hosting its annual Holiday Open House at the Graffiti House (19484 Brandy Road, Brandy Station) Please stop by to see Civil War graffiti and enjoy holiday fare. The Wilderness Run Players will be playing their beautiful music.



Tribute Day June 9, 2018 & St. James Commemorative Service June 10th

BSF’s Vice President Paula Johnson was our event chair


Honoring Veterans and First Responders at the Brandy Station Fire Hall and at the Graffiti House. So many people gave of their time and participated in the day’s events. Virginia Morton gave a Battle of Brandy Station battlefield tour on Fleetwood Hill and Dan Beattie was a speaker on the topic "June 9, 1863 Battle of Brandy Station" on the 155th anniversary of the largest cavalry battle of the war, to name two. The 10th annual St. James Church Service took place on Sunday, June 10th at Christ Episcopal Church in Brandy Station instead of on the battlefield due to weather; the 1860s’ church service was led by Reverend Peter Way. Evergreen Shade provided the beautiful music at the service.


We thank all the many participants and below are some snapshots of the day.


Left to right: Brian Petruskie 112th Cavalry, Texas National Guard, 1935-1940;

Phillip R. Gibbons, 78th Company, 6th Marine Regiment, 1918;

Garrett Petruskie, 13th Cavalry, 1916 Punitive Expedition


Patriotic and period music was played throughout the day.



Living historians brought history alive in period

dress and on site were the Generals: Kemper, Lee, and Pleasanton.

BSF Board Member Howard Lambert (above) represented the United States Colored Troops.




Robert and David Yowell,

7th VA Infantry Company A with Rifle Demonstration



Travels with Darley” visits Culpeper County and the Graffiti House


Darley Newman and her film crew visited the Graffiti House House on May 22nd. They were filming a segment for her program, Travels with Darley, shown on PBS and available on Amazon Prime. Former BSF President Bob Luddy was our BSF talent for the filming and gave Darley the tour of the house.  Filming in Culpeper spanned spent several days.



2018 Sunday Seminar Series at the Graffiti House

The Brandy Station Foundation 2018 Sunday lecture series ends on September 30th at 2:00 PM. Everyone is welcome, the lectures are free (although donations are welcome), and free refreshments are provided by BSF board members and friends.


On September 30, 2018, Anita L. Henderson presents "Maria Lewis, Black Female Trooper of the 8th NY Cavalry”.


Anita is a native of Chicago, IL. who attended Wellesley College and Howard University College of Medicine.  She currently is a dermatologist practicing with Anne Arundel Dermatology in Columbia, MD.


Anita's earliest passions were horses and history, learning how to ride at the age of 7, participating in Western and English horse shows, jumping, trail riding all over the US, herding cows out west, fox hunting, carriage driving, cowboy mounted shooting and mounted Civil War cavalry.  Anita's passion for history was stoked by both parents, her mother a teacher and her father a former WWII veteran who had been a drill instructor and quartermaster battalion clerk. 


Twenty years ago, the two passions merged when Anita became interested in Civil War living history and was lucky enough to meet authentic living historians who wanted to interpret the war and it’s participants accurately with regard to knowledge, uniform and clothing and interpretation.  She currently interprets both a military and civilian impression.  She is a mounted cavalry bugler currently riding with the 13th VA Cavalry, Co. H., Light Sussex Dragoons and does an enslaved/free black woman who is a cook and does open fire and hearth cooking using period recipes and implements.  She also does an enslaved housekeeper interpretation as well.  She is a long time member of the Atlantic Guard Soldiers’ Aid Society one of the most authentic civilian living history groups in the country   She recently became a member of the Sons and Daughters of Ham who are an authentic, black civilian group.    She is also a member of the Company of Military Historians.

Anita has also done background artist work in a variety of historical documentary, independent and Hollywood films including;  Wicked Spring, No Retreat From Destiny, The Unmasking of Sarah Edmonds, Racing the Times, A History of Horse Racing in Maryland-PBS,  Civilians Desolate, Civilians Free, Fredericksburg NBP film and  Gods and Generals.


New Membership Year Approved by BSF Board

A restructuring of the BSF membership year was approved on May 2nd and will be effective July 1, 21018. The BSF Corporation membership year will be restructured to coincide with the BSF Corporation fiscal year that is January 1 to December 31 each year. The annual membership will be $30 for a single membership; $40 for a family; and $10 for a student. Any new or renewed membership between July 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018 will be at one-half of the revised annual membership rate. New members and renewals in 2018 prior to July 1, 2018 will have their membership year ending on December 31, 2018.    


2018 STAR Memorial Battlefield Ride to Brandy Station Battlefield


On May 26th, Chapter 474 of the STAR Touring & Riding Association, from Manassas, Virginia, visited the Graffiti House on their 2018 STAR Memorial Battlefield Ride to the Battle of Brandy Station battlefield.








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