Library of Congress Civil War collection. Union soldiers at the wreckage of the Orange & Alexandria Railroad at the time of the Second Battle of Bull Run.

Genealogists are often faced with the problem of tracking their ancestors’ movements. When railroads entered the scene, it became even easier for families to relocate to far-flung locales. But what effect did the Civil War have on railroading? Discover how the history of this transportation may have affected your family, the soldiers, and our country at GRIVA’s October Members Meeting.

Bernard Kempinski will introduce us to the importance of the railroad during the Civil War. Mr. Kempinski works for the Congressional Budget Office as a defense analyst. His avocation is model building with a focus on early trains. He develops military miniatures and dioramas based on historical research. In addition, Mr. Kempinski has written three books and more than 40 articles for magazines. He also has a blog on US Military Railroads in Virginia in 1863. You don’t want to miss this program, so mark your calendars now.

Join us on October 23, 2012 at 7:45 p.m. at the Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 West Huguenot Road, Richmond, Virginia. There will be a short GRIVA meeting before the program with refreshments and social time afterwards. Our meetings are free to the public and visitors are welcome.