Beyond the Blue and Grey:
The Virginia Home Front

Exhibiting Tuesday, February 26 through Sunday April 7, 2013

Artists Reception on Saturday March 2, 2013

A portrait of Lincoln by Wendy Allen

Lincoln192 by Wendy Allen

Beyond the Blue and Grey: The Virginia Home Front exhibit focuses on places, social history, and unique attributes of the Virginia “home front” during the American Civil War era.  While other museums and galleries have featured Civil War art, ArtSpace Herndon’s exhibit showcases a collection of ideas defining what it meant to be a Virginian between 1830 and 1880. Works and items in this exhibit create a period mosaic in the Post Gallery spotlighting places, social history, and other, often overlooked, aspects of daily life during the era spanning. Visitors will find original portraits of Abraham Lincoln by Wendy Allen of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: one of thirteen artists selected to exhibit in the show.  The show includes furniture pieces from Herndon’s Roaches in the Attic, period quilts, photographs and paintings depicting cooking, sewing, and trades during the era, and many other works.

The exhibit reception is Saturday March 2, 7-9 p.m., where artists will discuss their work, period music will be sung by members of the Town Square Singers, and southern finger foods will be served along with an assortment of wines.

The exhibit coincides with the Town of Herndon’s Sunday, March 17, 2013 Reenactment of Mosby’s Raid on Herndon Station.

Mosby reenactment poster

Herndon Historical Society’s poster for Mosby’s reenactment

The Story of Mosby’s Herndon Station Raid

On St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1863, Confederate Capt. John S. Mosby and 40 Partisan Rangers attacked the picket post of the 1st Vermont Cavalry guarding this station on the Alexandria, Loudoun and Hampshire Railroad. The detachment commander Lt. Alexander G. Watson, had just been joined by Maj. William Wells and other officers to investigate charges that pickets were stealing from local citizens.

Arriving ahead of a Union relief force, Mosby and his men took the pickets by surprise with only one Vermonter wounded. The Union officers were having lunch at the home of Kitty Hanna, whose husband, Nat, rant the general store in the station. The officers were also captured after a brief struggle during which Wells fell through the attic ceiling but was not injured.

Mosby reported to Gen. J.E.B. Stuart that: Yesterday I attacked a body of the enemy’s cavalry at Herndon Station, in Fairfax County, completely routing them . . . I brought off 25 prisoners—a major (Wells), 1 captain, 2 lieutenants, and 21 men, all their arms, 26 horses and equipments . . . My loss was nothing . . . In this affair my officers and men behaved splendidly.

Because of Mosby’s success in Herndon and northern Virginia, Union forces soon withdrew beyond Difficult Run closer to Washington, D.C. Wells later received the Medal of Honor for his bravery at the Battle of Gettysburg. He kept in touch with Mosby after the war, and Well’s daughter later invited Mosby to her wedding.  (Mosby’s Herndon Station Raid
“My loss was nothing.”
(n.d.) retrieved December 2012 from


– Featured image: Thee and Thou’s: A Home in  Waterford, VA by Catherine Hillis