Stafford Virginia has a great many places that are steeped in history. Many of which are important to African American History. The Trail to Freedom Takes us all through the steps of John Washington, an escaped slave, that later became a union soldier and fought for freedom with the Union Army.
The trail begins at the Chatham Plantation in Spotsylvania County and ends at Aquia Landing Beach in Stafford County. Made available by the National Park Service, The sites on the subject of African American History, and More specifically the and Civil War history are covered by Steward Henderson.
Steward Henderson, is a graduate of Howard University, a park ranger, and a historian in the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. Due to his life-long interest in the civil war, he is a co-founder of the 23rd Regiment United States Colored Troops, a Civil War Reenactment troop. He is also a member of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteers Co. B, The Civil War Trust, and the Central Virginia Battlefield Trust.
He sits as a member of the Trail to Freedom committee in the Fredericksburg Area. A network of the Underground Railroad. He is an expert on the Antebellum South in the Fredericksburg-Spotsylvania and Stafford area. And is part of the John J. Wright Educational & cultural center and Museum.
He is an avid student of Civil War in the City of Fredericksburg and writes on the subject at the Emerging Civil War Blog (ECW). As a scholar, he enumerates the reasons why historically Fredericksburg is his favorite city. The ECW is a public platform where scholars share their findings related to the American Civil War with the general public. Whether it be historical research, memory studies, travelogues, personal narratives, essays, book reviews and photography. They also feature coverage of current Civil War related events.
The ECW Have been holding a Symposium for the past three years, held at Historic sites throughout the Stafford, Fredericksburg, and Spotsylvania area. The Next one is to be held at Stevenson Ridge, which houses a historic lodging and cottages. They will have speakers and tours around the Battle of Brandy Station.
The Emerging Civil War Blog encourages discussion of the material, and diversity of perspectives, opening the subject up to new and emerging Civil War Historians. They strive to promote an awareness of this most defining Event in the Country’s History.