The Grand Review
President: William Truitt Vice President: Don Carlson Treasurer: Gary
Wilson Secretary: Erich Fritz
Board of Directors: Barry Atchison, Jane Brookins, Helen Geisler, Eugene
Hankinson, Paula Johnson, Howard Lambert, Kimberly Lillard, Roger Mello,
Peggy Misch, Dan Orr, John Orr, Denise Smith, Jim Woehr, Paula Woehr.
Holiday Open House, Saturday, December
Wilderness Run Players at the Graffiti House
in December 2015
The Brandy Station Foundation is hosting its
annual Holiday Open House at the Graffiti House (19484 Brandy Road,
Brandy Station) on Saturday, December 9th from 1-4 PM. Please stop by to
see Civil War graffiti and enjoy holiday fare and music by the
Wilderness Run Players!
The Brandy Station Foundation is pleased to announce we have rescheduled
our annual event which was previously postponed. Mark your calendars for
Saturday, June 9, 2018 for Tribute Day. We will pay tribute to all
Veterans from all the wars in which Americans have participated as well
as all First Responders who protect and serve us every day. This date
will also commemorate the 155th anniversary of the Battle of Brandy
Station. The following day, Sunday, June 10th, we plan to have our
annual church service at the original site of St. James church followed
by refreshments at the Graffiti House, pending confirmation by the
vestry of Christ Church. More details will be forthcoming in the next
Congratulations are in order for Tony Troilo who was honored at the
103rd Annual Culpeper Chamber of Commerce Meeting & Awards Banquet. Tony
received the L.B. Henretty Memorial Award for Outstanding Citizen of the
Please plan to attend our Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 9,
2017 from 1-4 pm. We will have music provided by the Wilderness Run
Players and some wonderful food will be available for all of us to
Have a beautiful and festive Holiday Season,
William Truitt, President, Brandy Station Foundation
End of Year Gifts to Support the Graffiti
If you are considering donating monies to non-profit charities or
organizations this month for tax deduction purposes, please consider
giving to Brandy Station Foundation. As you know from previous
Newsletters we have several major maintenance/improvement projects we
need to do on the Graffiti House, including Graffiti House foundation
work and an internal AC/heating system. Any amount you give us will be
appreciated and will be used on the House to further the work and
message of Brandy Station. Thank you for your continued support.
A recent inspection shows that significant work needs to be done on the
foundation of the house. Some work was done in 2009 that allowed larger
groups of visitors and helped the building survive the earthquake of a
few summers ago plus the vibrations from the railroad and Route 29. Yet,
major work is required to keep the walls containing the graffiti stable
for the foreseeable future.
The house is heated by wall mounted propane heaters and a couple of
electric baseboard heaters. Cooling is done by window air conditioners.
Just as in 1858 when it was built, there is no wall insulation, and the
doors and windows are far from airtight. The house has needed to be
closed to visitors when temperatures exceed both hot and cold limits.
If you are thinking of a donation to the Brandy Station Foundation,
please keep these needs in mind.
The Brandy Station Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit group and relies
on tax-deductible donations to meet its goals. Please make checks out
to: Brandy Station Foundation and mail to:
Brandy Station Foundation
P.O. Box 165
Brandy Station, VA 22714-0165
Credit card donations can also be processed; please email our Foundation
treasurer, Gary Wilson, for details:
Spirits of the Graffiti House
Face painters Adriana Bustamante Yactayo
and Ariana M. Yactayo at the Spirits of the
On Saturday, October 21st, the Foundation
held its annual Spirits of the Graffiti House. Face painting, paranormal
group findings, Halloween treats, a bonfire with marshmallows, and
stories of the Graffiti House were featured. Thanks for all who helped
to make the event a success, especially the event coordinator, Board
Member and Volunteer Coordinator, Denise Smith.
Members of Culpeper Paranormal
left to right: Paul Warmack, Amy Warmack,
and Kim Lillard.
BSF volunteer Betty Franklin in the Captain
James Marshall Room.
BSF volunteer Richard Deardoff in the
Sergeant Allen Bowman Room.
BSF volunteer and Board Member Barry
Atchison in the JEB Stuart Room.
Hall of Honor Wall Signer
Martin Luis Orfila signed the Hall of Honor on October 28, 2017. He is
descended from three members of the Louisiana Tigers: Sergeant Juan
(John) Orfila, Corporal Franco (Frank) Orfila, and Private Jayme (James)
Orfila. His great uncles were members of the Spanish Regiment of the 5th
European Brigade under Jubal Early.
One of the sections of graffiti in the Sergeant Allen Bowman Room (that
was removed) names the Louisiana Tigers.
The commander of the Louisiana Tigers, Major Roberdeau Wheat, was
evacuated to Brandy Station following the First Battle of Manassas. He
was brought to the home of James Barbour, now known as Beauregard.
Beauregard still stands today in Brandy Station. James Barbour initially
argued against secession, but when Lincoln’s inaugural address failed to
include certain concessions Lincoln cabinet members had led Barbour to
believe would be contained within the address, Barbour ardently
supported the withdrawal of Virginia from the Union. After the First
Battle of Manassas, fought July 21, 1861, Confederate casualties were
evacuated by train. Barbour’s home was used as a hospital, and one the
patients recovering there was Major Wheat. He requested that Barbour
change the name of his home to “Beauregard” in honor of Confederate
General Pierre G. T. Beauregard, who directed the Battle of First
Manassas. Barbour served on the staff of General Richard S. Ewell.
During the most prominent of the various battles fought at Brandy
Station—on June 9, 1863—Robert E. Lee and Ewell observed part of the
action from the cupola on Beauregard, including a Federal cavalry charge
that almost made it to the house. The cupola was later removed from
Wikipedia gives this information about the Louisiana Tigers: Louisiana
Tigers was the common nickname for certain infantry troops from the
State of Louisiana in the Confederate army during the American Civil
War. Originally applied to a specific company, the nickname expanded to
a battalion, then to a brigade, and eventually to all Louisiana troops
within the Army of Northern Virginia. Although the exact composition of
the Louisiana Tigers changed as the war progressed, they developed a
reputation as fearless, hard-fighting shock troops. Wikipedia content
changes; this information was accessed on November 7, 2017.
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