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EVENTS 2013–2014


December 2013

Civil War events updated 13-Dec-2013

1 VA Living history, "Christmas in Camp," camps and demonstrations plus house tours at the Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim in Fairfax. Noon-4 pm. Free. 703-591-0560.
1 VA Open house, fee-free day at the Museum of the Confederacy in Appomattox. Santa visit plus ornament workshop. 10 am-5 pm.
2 VA Lecture, "Medical Practices During the Civil War," at the Arlington Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington. 7 pm Free. 703-228-5990.
4 VA "An Evening with Dr. James I. ‘Bud’ Robertson Jr," at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond. Includes networking/social (5:30-7 pm) and lecture and book signing (7-9 pm). $15/lecture only, $35 networking/social.
5 MN Lecture, "Civil War Christmas," at the Anoka County Historical Society, 2135 Third Ave N, Anoka. 7 pm. Free.
5 MD Discussion, “Children and the Civil War” at the USG Library, the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville. 7 pm. Free.
5 DC Book talk and reception, "Lincoln's Citadel: the War in Washington, DC," at President Lincoln's Cottage in Washington. Talk at 6:30, reception at 6 pm. $10/lecture, $10/reception.
TN "An Evening with Ed Bearss," at Travellers Rest Plantation and Museum in Nashville. 6-9 pm.
6 VA Lecture and tour, "Victorian Christmas Traditions," at the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond. 3 pm. $5.
TN Candlelight tour of historic houses in Franklin. Includes Carter House, Carnton Plantation and others associated with the Battle of Franklin. 6-9:30 pm. $25-$30. More info, purchase tickets:
TN Holiday Open House at the Cravens House, Lookout Mountain battlefield in Chattanooga. Special tours and decorations. Reservations for tours: 423-821-7786. 6-8 pm. Free.
6-7 VA Open house, candlelight tour at Stonewall Jackson's Headquarters Museum in Winchester. 6-8 pm Friday, 2-4 and 3-7 pm Saturday.
7 MN Living history, "Civil War Christmas," at the Mississippi Branch Library, 410 Mississippi St NE, Fridley. Decorations and demonstrations. 2-3 pm. Free.
7 WI Workshop, "Civil War Arms, Technology and Uniforms," at the Civil War Museum in Kenosha. 1-3 pm. $20.
7 GA Living history, Civil War camp and demonstratons at the Magnolia Springs State Park in Millen. Archaeology display. $5/parking fee. 478-982-1660.
TN Bus tour, "Battle of Nashville," with Ed Bearss. Begins at Travellers Rest Plantation and Museum in Nashville. 10 am-3 pm. $70. Reservations: 615-832-8197.
7 DC Civil War book fair at the National Archives building in Washington. Author talks and book signings 11 am-5:30 pm. Free.
7 NC Open House, "A Civil War Christmas," living history, decorations, refreshments and music at the Bentonville Battlefield near Four Oaks. 10 am-4 pm. Free. 910-594-0789.
7 VA Living history, camps and demonstrations at Tavern on the Rail, 81 Tavern Road, Mineral. Noon-5 pm. Free.
7 VA Car caravan tour, "Applejack Raid," begins at the Petersburg National Battlefield visitor center. 9:30 am-4 pm. Free with park admission. Reservations required: 804-732-3531 extension 205.
7 VA Living history, "Christmas on the Farm" at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War/New Market Battlefield State Park in New Market. 10 am-4 pm. Free with park admission.
7 MD Illumination, the 25th anniversary of the 23,000-candle driving tour through the Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg. Tour begins 6 pm. Visitor center and most park roads closed at 3 pm. Free. Donations welcome. Rain, wind date: Dec. 12.
7 PA "An Evening with the Painting," special two-hour, after-hours view of and talks about the Gettysburg Cyclorama. 5 pm. $20/adult. Tickets:
7-8 AR Living history, "Christmas Open House," at the Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park in Prairie Grove. 9 am-3 pm. Free. 479-846-2990.
7-8 GA Open house at the Civil War Naval Museum in Columbus. Free admission plus music and living history.
7-8 TN Civil War show and sale at the Williamson County Ag Expo Park, 4215 Long Lane, Franklin. 9 am-5 pm Saturday, 9 am-3 pm. Sunday. $8.
7-8 FL Living history, "Union Holiday Encampment," at Fort Clinch State Park near Fernandina Beach. Camps and demonstrations with special holiday activities. 9 am-5 pm Saturday, 9 am-noon Sunday. Park entrance fee plus $2 fort admission. 904-277-7274.
7-8 WV Living history, "Capt. Flagg's U.S. Quartermaster City: Prospects of Peace," at the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Demonstrations at 11 am-4 pm. Free with park admission.
8 PA "1860s Holiday Ball," at the Gettysburg NMP Museum and Visitor Center. High tea and dancing living history. 1-3 pm. $28.95.
8 VA Holiday music, candlelight and decorations at Old Salem Church, site of action during the Battle of Chancellorsville, 4044 Plank Road, west of Fredericksburg. 6 pm. Free. 540-373-6122.
8 VA Open houses, "Court End Christmas," in the historic downtown Richmond neighborhood. Free admission, refreshments and music at several historic sites including the Museum of the Confederacy. Noon-5 pm.
8 VA Living history, "A Civil War Christmas," camps and decorations at Mt. Zion Historic Park in Aldie. 4-7 pm. Free. 703-327-9777.
8 VA Holiday open house, music and refreshments at the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park. Free.
10 NC Holiday Open House at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach. Music, refreshments and more. 910-458-5538.
10 VA Lecture, "Lock, Stock and Barrel: Exploring the Technology and Use of Civil War Small Arms," at Hanover Tavern, 13181 Hanover Courthouse Road, Hanover. 7 pm.
11 VA Lecture and tour, "Victorian Christmas Traditions," at the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond. 3 pm. $5.
11 VA Talk, "Native Americans and the Confederacy," at Baine's Books and Coffee, 205 Main St, Appomattox. 12:15 pm. Free.
12 KS Lecture, "Civil War in Kansas: MG James G. Blunt," at the Riverfront Community Center, 123 S Esplanade St, Leavenworth. 7 pm. Free.
12 DC Lecture, "Manassas, Gettysburg and Baltimore Street?" — Jews and the Civil War, at the National Archives' McGowan Theater. Noon. Free.
12 VA Lecture, "Fighting Parsons of the Civil War," at the Museum of the Confederacy in Appomattox. Reception 6:30 pm. Talk 7 pm. $5. Reservations 434-352-5791 extension 203.
12 MD Lecture, "Siege of Petersburg," at the Carroll Community College in Westminster. 6:30-9:30 pm. $39. Details: 410-386-8100.
13 WI Lecture, "Civil War Paper Currency," at the Civil War Museum in Kenosha. Noon. Free.
13 VA Talk, "The Art of Surviving — Belle Isle and Beyond," at the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond. Noon. Free with admission.
14 MO Music, "Fiddle Music of the Civil War," at the Battle of Westport Visitor Center and Museum, 6601 Swope Parkway, Kansas City. 3 pm.
14 MO Luminary driving tour at the Wilson's Creek Battlefield near Springfield. More than 2,500 candles light the battlefield. Opening ceremony 4:30 pm. Drive, 5:15-9:30 pm. Free.
14 WI Living history, "Victorian Christmas," military and civilian demonstrations plus music and crafts at the Civil War Museum in Kenosha. 11 am-4 pm.
14 MS Old Courthouse Confederate Christmas Ball at the Old Courthouse in Vicksburg. $25. Details, reservations, 601-636-0741 or
14 GA Reenactment, anniversary living history and reenactment of the battle of Fort McAllister at the state Historic Park near Richmond Hill. Camps and living history 9 am-4 pm. Battle at 5 pm. $6.50/adult. 912-727-2339.
14 NY Talk, tour "Charlie Tinker, Lincoln's Telegrapher" at the Green-Wood Cemetery chapel (use 25th Street at Fifth Avenue main gate) in Brooklyn. 1 pm free talk is followed by trolley tour of the cemetery, which includes Tinker family plot. $20/trolley tour. More info, reservations:
14 NC Living history, "Edenton Bell Battery," on the County Courthouse lawn in Edenton. 9 am-5 pm. Free. 252-482-2637.
14 MD Museums by Candlelight in Frederick County. Music, living history, special exhibits and more. National Museum of Civil War Medicine open noon-7 pm. Free.
14 VA Lecture with reception, "United States Colored Troops at Appomattox," at the Spring Grove B&B, 3440 Spring Grove Road, Appomattox. 7 pm followed by beverages and desserts. $20.
14 VA Christmas open house at Historic Sandusky, 757 Sandusky Drive, Lynchburg. Civil War Santa, music and refreshments. 1-4 pm.
14 VA Tours, "Holidays at Liberia," 1860s Christmas at this Civil War headquarters site in Manassas. Shuttle bus leaves from the Manassas Museum 15 minutes prior to tours at 5, 5:45, 6:30 and 7:15 pm. $15/adult. Registration: 703-257-8453.
14 VA Living history tea at Pamplin Historical Park near Petersburg. Civil War-era traditions and refreshments. 2 pm. $20.
14 VA Living history, "Civil War by Candlelight," camp, demonstrations, music and holiday decorations at Sully Historic Site in Chantilly. 5-8 pm. $10 includes house tour. Reservations: 703-437-1794.
14 VA Living history tour, "Enslaved Holiday," at Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Road, Manassas. Tours on the half-hour 5-7 pm. $7.
14 VA Living history, "Christmas in Camp," camps and Christmas traditions at Fort Ward in Alexandria. noon-4 pm. $2 donation. 703-671-7350.
14 VA "Christmas During the Civil War," Civil War Santa, tours and treats at the Dabbs House Museum, 3812 Nine Mile Road, near Richmond. 1-4 pm. Free. 804-652-3409.
14 MD Living history, "The Legend of Civil War Santa," with period decorations at the Surratt House Museum in Clinton. Noon-4 pm. Free with admission.
14-15 PA Holiday Open House at the Rupp House, 451 Baltimore St, Gettysburg. 1860s decorations, refreshments and living history. Noon-8 pm Saturday, noon-4 pm Sunday. Free. 717-339-2148.
14-15 FL Reenactment, "Raid on Fort Pierce" at the Savanna Recreation Area, 1400 E Midway Road, Fort Pierce. Living history camps and demonstrations. Gates open 9 am. Battles at 2 pm each day. $6/adult.
14-15 VA Living history and tours, "Christmas at Liberia," in Manassas.
14-15 NC Living history, special decorations and music, "Christmas in the Carolinas During the Civil War," at Bennett Place State Historic Site in Durham. 10 am-4 pm Saturday, 10 am-3 pm Sunday. Free. 919-383-4345.
15 MD "Christmas at the Pry House," talks, Santa Claus and period decorations at the Pry House Field Hospital Museum on the Antietam battlefield near Sharpsburg. 11 am-4 pm. $5 donation.
15 VA Walking tour and ceremony commemorating the 1862 Battle of Fredericksburg. "Irish Brigade Walking Tour" begins at noon at the City Dock, end of Sophia Street. Ceremony at 2 pm at the Kirkland Memorial near the national park visitor center. Free.
15 VA Christmas open house with tours and living history at the Miller-Kite House (Jackson's headquarters), 310 E Rockingham St, Elkton. Noon-4 pm. Free. 540-578-3046.
15 VA Walking tour of Fort Boykin, Confederate fort on the James River at 7410 Fort Boykin Trail near Smithfield. 3 pm. Free. 757-357-0115.
18 MD Book signing, The Battle of Falling Waters, 1863: Custer, Pettigrew and the End of the Gettysburg Campaign, at the Hagerstown-Washington County welcome center, 6 Potomac St, Hagerstown. 11:30 am-1:30 pm. Free. 301-791-3246.
21 VA Special programs, "A 19th-Century Christmas at Ellwood Manor,' at Ellwood near the intersection of Routes 3 and 20 west of Fredericksburg. 9 am-2 pm. Free.
22 VA Living history "Civil War Santa," at Chatham, NPS site across the river from Fredericksburg. Decorations and refreshments. 1-4 pm. Free.
Jan 3
TN Anniversary living history and ranger programs at the Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro.
29 VA Living history, artillery demonstrations at the Petersburg National Battlefield. 1-4:30 pm. Free with park admission.
31 PA Gen. Meade Birthday Ceremony and living history at his grave in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia. Noon. Reception and tour follow. Free.