May 2019

Reenactments, Memorial Day ceremonies, candlelight tours, and more

Updated 19 March 2019


1-5   PA/MD  Symposium, “American Military History & Combat,” annual Ed Bearss event, based in Chambersburg PA. Speakers and tours. More info: civilwarseminars.org

4  DC/VA  Bus tour, “Lincoln in Virginia: A Wartime Journey,” a Smithsonian Associates tour. Leaves 7:30 am from 550 C St SW, Washington. $200. smithsonianassociates.org (click Civil War).

VA  “Potomac Blockade Boat Tour,” includes river view of Confederate fortifications and walking tour of the Possum Nose battery. Begins at Tim’s Rivershore Restaurant, 1510 Cherry Hill Road, Dumfries. 10 am-2 pm. $70 includes lunch. Reservations: 703-792-4754.

4  NC  Special program, “Long Arms of the Civil War,” at the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center in Kinston. 10 am-4 pm. Free. historicsites.nc.gov/events/long-arms-american-civil-war-free-day

4  MD  Lecture, “Loss of Innocence: A Connecticut Drummer Boy’s Baptism of Fire,” at the Pry House Field Hospital Museum, 18906 Shepherdstown Pike, Keedysville. 11 am. “Pay what you please” event. civilwarmed.org

4  MD  Walking tour, “Divided Loyalties, begins at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick. 3 pm. “Pay what you please” event. Register: civilwarmed.org

4  MD  Book event, “Meet the Authors: Battles of a Border State, Maryland’s Constitutional Crisis,” meet the authors at the Monocacy National Battlefield in Frederick. Noon-5 pm. Free. nps.gov/mono

4  FL  Living history, “Union Garrison,” camp and demonstrations at the Fort Clinch State Park in Fernandina Beach. 9 am-noon. Free with admission. floridastateparks.org/fortclinch

FL  Candlelight tour of the Fort Clinch State Park in Fernandina Beach. 6:15-7:15 pm. Park fee plus $3. floridastateparks.org/fortclinch

4-5  TX  Living history, “Great Locomotive Chase and Battle for Port Jefferson,” at the Historic Jefferson Railway, 400 E Austin, Jefferson. Steam train rides through living history scenarios. Five rides scheduled Saturday and 12:30 pm Sunday. $16.50 Saturday, $15 Sunday. diamonddonempire.com/jefferson-civil-war-days

4-5  PA  Walking tour, “Heritage Trail Hike,” at the Gettysburg NMP. Two all-day hikes totaling 15 miles on the Gettysburg battlefield. $110. Details, registration: gettysburgfoundation.org

5  MD  “I Corp and Iron Brigade Hike,” 2-mile walk at the Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg.1 pm. Free with park admission. nps.gov/anti

10-11  FL  Candlelight tour of the Fort Clinch State Park in Fernandina Beach. 7-8 pm. Park fee plus $3. floridastateparks.org/fortclinch

11  GA  Living history, artillery camp and demonstrations at the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in Kennesaw. Free. nps.gov.kemo

11  MD  Lecture, “Florence Nightingale’s Influence on Medicine & Nursing in the United States,” at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick. 2:30 pm. Free with admission. civilwarmed.org

11  VA  Lecture, “The Last Days of the Virginia,” at the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News. 2:30 pm. Free with admission ($1). marinersmuseum.org

11  PA  Lecture, “The Army of Northern Virginia in the Wake of Surrender,” at the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg. 1 pm. Free with admission. nationalcivilwarmuseum.org

12  GA  Living history, “Civil War Music,” at the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in Kennesaw. 10 am-2 pm. Free. nps.gov.kemo

15  VA  “Director’s Guided Tour,” of the New Market battlefield in New Market. 2-4 pm. Registration required: 866-515-1864. More info: vmi.edu/museums-and-archives/virginia-museum-of-the-civil-war/events

15-19  VA  Living history and live-fire competition at the Spring Nationals of the North-South Skirmish Association at Fort Shenandoah near Winchester. Free. Details: www.n-ssa.org

17  VA  Tour, “‘Every Shell Exploded in the Streets’: The Battle of New Market,” 10 am-noon. Free but registration required: shenandoahatwar.org

18  GA  Living history, infantry camp and demonstrations at the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in Kennesaw. Free. nps.gov.kemo

18  DC/WV/MD/PA  Bus tour, “The Civil War: Three Key Sites, Harpers Ferry, Antietam and Gettysburg.” Leaves 8 am from 550 C St SW, Washington. $190. smithsonianassociates.org (click Civil War).

18  PA  Lecture, tour, “ ‘Action Forward!’ Civil War Field Artillery at Gettysburg,” at the Gettysburg NMP. Lecture 9 am-noon, guided walking tour 1-4 pm. $110. Registration: gettysburgfoundation.org

18  FL  Living history, Union camp and demonstrations at at Fort Taylor Historic State Park in Key West. 10 am-2 pm. Free with admission. fortzacharytaylor.com

18-19  GA  Reenactment, “Battle of Resaca,” near Highway 41/I-75 north of Resaca. Camps and demonstrations with battles at 2 pm each day. $5/adult. More info, map: georgiadivision.org

18-19  VA  Reenactment, “Battle of New Market,” at the historic battlefield in New Market. Camps open 10 am-5 pm with battles each day. $10/adult. vmi.edu/museums-and-archives/virginia-museum-of-the-civil-war/events

25  GA  Memorial Day commemoration at Fort McAllister State Park near Richmond Hill. Living history demonstrations and more. 9 am-4 pm. Free with park admission. explore.gastateparks.org/events?p=24

25-26  MD  Living history, medical demonstrations at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick. 11 am-5 pm. Free with admission. civilwarmed.org

25-26  NC  Living history, “Military Timeline,” at Bennett Place State Historic Site in Durham. 10 am-4 pm Saturday, 10 am-3 pm Sunday Ceremony 3 pm Saturday. $3/adult. historicsites.nc.gov/events?tid_1=4

25-27  CA  Reenactment at Roaring Camp Railroads, 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton. Camps open 9 am each day with steam train rides and battles and skirmishes each day. $37/adult. Sunday night event/train ride 6:30-10 pm $29/adult. Complete details: roaringcamp.com/events#civil_War

25-27  MI  Living history, “River Through Time,” comprehensive programs including Civl War at Heritage Park in Coldwater. 9 am-4 pm. Free. riverthroughtime.com

25-27  MD  Memorial Day programs with ranger programs and flag display at the Monocacy National Battlefield in Frederick. Programs noon, 1:30 and 3 pm Saturday and Sunday, 11 am and 3 pm Monday. Free. nps.gov/mono

26  GA  Living history, artillery camp and demonstrations at the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in Kennesaw. Free. nps.gov.kemo

27  TN  Memorial Day ceremony at the Shiloh National Cemetery at the Shiloh National Military Park. 11 am. Free. nps.gov/shil

27  MD  Memorial Day commemoration at the Antietam National Cemetery near Sharpsburg. 11 am. Free. nps.gov/anti

31-June 1  GA  Reenactment, “Battle of Pickett’s Mill,” at Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Historic Site near Dalton. Camps, demonstrations and tours. 10 am-4 pm Thursday-Friday, 9 am-4 pm Saturday. $6/adult. explore.gastateparks.org/events?p=36