Firefighting in Civil War Alexandria

Page updated on Nov 23, 2015 at 5:18 PM

Saturday, May 17, 1- 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 31, 1 – 3:00 p.m.

US Fire DeptWhen Virginia joined the Confederacy, Union troops occupied Alexandria and it became a center for transportation, supplies and medicine.  Most municipal functions were assumed by the U.S. Army under the authority of the military governor.  The “We’ve Been Burned:  Alexandria Firefighters During the Civil War” walking tour will explore firefighting during the Union occupation.  How were volunteer fire companies treated by Federal authorities? Were firefighters allowed out after curfew?  What happened to the firehouses and equipment?   These questions will be answered as tour participants visit the sites of four of the five fire houses, and learn what happened if there was a fire in the occupied city.

For age 10 and older.  $6 for adults, $4 ages 10-17.  Reservations are required, as space is limited.  Telephone 703.746.4994, or see the museum website