In the week past, we told you about eight Civil War battlefields that got federal grants, an Ohio regimental banner found in an attic and a Civil War veteran who got his official resting place 65 years after he died.

Planning Ahead: The anniversary of the Battle of First Manassas was commemorated -- and covered -- thoroughly, but Prince William County, home to the Manassas battlefield, isn’t done yet. On Aug. 13, the county’s Historic Preservation Division is offering a Civil War tour, titled “Occupied Land,” highlighting the plight of county citizens and places still standing today that were touched by the war. The day-long bus tour begins at 8 a.m. at the Brentsville Courthouse Historic Center and the $80 ticket covers all site fees and a box lunch. For reservations, call 703-367-7872.

In other publications ...

• In The New York Times, Marc Engel writes about the Republican party’s early movement toward abolitionism and the background of the Confiscation Act signed by President Lincoln on Aug. 6, 1861.

• The Washington Times’ Martha Boltz reviews the book,”Stonewall Jackson: The Black Man’s Friend.”

• On, Clint Schemmer reports on two conservation easements that have expanded the Brandy Station battlefield by 782 acres.