As a professional commuter, every day I enter my “bubble” – looking at my
phone, listening to music, reading my Kindle – as I travel from my home in
Bristow, Virginia, to my office at the U.S. Capitol. It is easy to forget to look-up
and appreciate that in a single morning commute on the Virginia Railway Express
(VRE), I traverse places forever connected by events that occurred 150 years
ago this month.