Upcoming local Civil War events


Upcoming local Civil War events


Posted: Sunday, June 26, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 10:39 pm, Sat Jun 25, 2011.

By Carrie Ann Knauer, Times Staff Writer 

What: Abraham Lincoln: A Lasting Peace

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday

Where: The Basilica, 333 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg

With: Written in honor of Lincoln’s 200th birthday, this moving piece merges song and narration from Lincoln’s speeches in a moving and educational event.

Contact: 301-447-6606, www.setonshrine.org


What: Gettysburg 148th National Civil War Battle Re-enactment

When: 8:30 a.m. to dusk July 1-3

Where: 965 Pumping Station Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325

With: Each day will include two exciting battles, field demonstrations, live mortar fire demonstrations, two activities tents with continuous living history programs, and a living history village with all-day activities. Visitors are invited to shop in “Sutler Row” where they will discover period-style clothing and wares or walk through the military camps to experience 1860s military life and talk to the living historians.

Contact: 717-338-1525, www.gettysburgreenact ment.com


What: Retreat through Williamsport

When: July 8-10

Where: Springfield Farm, Cushwa Basin River Bottom Park, Williamsport.

With: The “Retreat through Williamsport” is a living history event celebrating the events that occurred in Williamsport from July 4-14, 1863. The weekend-long event features re-enactors, historians, and speakers.

Contact: 301-223-7711, www.williamsportretreat.com


What: Monocacy National Battlefield Commemorates 147th Anniversary

When: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. July 9 and 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. July 10

Where: Gambrill Farm, 4801 Urbana Pike, Frederick, 21704

With: The 147th anniversary of the “Battle That Saved Washington” will be commemorated on July 9-10. A living history encampment at the historic Gambrill Farm will feature artillery demonstrations as well as commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with programs depicting soldiers in a new unit, a debate on the question of Maryland succession, an open archaeological site, and book signings.

Contact: 301-662-3515, www.nps.gov/mono


What: Union Mills Civil War Encampment and Living History

When: July 16-17

Where: Union Mills Homestead, 3311 Littlestown Pike, Westminster

With: Union and Confederate troops camp along the Big Pipe Creek and relive some of the days following the Battle of Gettysburg. Drills and skirmishes will be performed.

Contact: 410-848-2288, www.unionmills.org


What: Commemoration of the Battle of Blackburn’s Ford

When: 7 p.m. July 18

Where: Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, Va.

With: Commemoration of the fallen at Blackburn’s Ford and dedication of the replica Civil War winter quarters built at Bull Run Regional Park to interpret the role of this area during the Civil War.

Contact: 703-631-0550


What: 150th Civil War Commemoration – Battle of First Manassas/Bull Run

When: July 21-24

Where: Various locations in Manassas and Prince William, Va.

With: Spectators, re-enactors and other participants can be part of this once-in-a-lifetime experience recreating the first battle of the Civil War.

Contact: 703-396-7130, www.manassasbullrun.com


What: The Military Bugle during the Civil War and the Origin of the Call Taps

When: 2-4 p.m. Aug. 27

Where: 3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, Va.

With: Jari Villanueva, will demonstrate many of the bugle calls and explain their usage during the war. Villanueva, considered the foremost authority on “Taps,” will also discuss the origin of the famous call, performance practices, and the myths associated with it.

Contact: 703-591-0560, www.fairfaxva.gov


What: Anniversary of the Potomac River Blockade 1861

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 24-25

Where: 17674 Main Street, Dumfries, Va.

With: Join living historians as they camp at Freestone Point, the preserved site of the Confederate Gun Battery during the Blockade of the Potomac. Discover the story of the Battery and see artillery demonstrations, camp life, and talk to historians as they discuss the lives of the soldiers and the women and children left behind. Living history events are planned for Leesylvania State Park and Weems Botts Museum as well.

Contact: 703-792-4754, www.pwcgov.org/historic sites


What: McLean Civil War 150th Commemoration Event

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 22

Where: 1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean, Va.

With: This Civil War 150th anniversary event is sponsored by McLean & Great Falls Celebrate Virginia. This will be an all-day affair with re-enactors, speakers, displays, music, and more detailing the impact the Civil War had on McLean and the surrounding area.

Contact: 703-356-8223, www.mcleancenter.org


What: Picketing the Potomac: Fort Frederick in the Civil War

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 5-6

Where: Fort Frederick State Park, 11100 Fort Frederick Road, Big Pool

With: Special event commemorating the 150th anniversary of Fort Frederick’s role in the American Civil War. Re-enactors will assemble to recreate what life was like along the Potomac during the American Civil War. During the event there will be living history and tactical demonstrations.

Contact: 301-842-2155

Reprinted from the Carroll County Times

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