Civil War symposiums, van tours, sales and more: APRIL 2018
Updated 2 May 2018
1 VA Bus tour, “Jeb Stuart’s Ride Around McClellan,” includes rarely visited sites. Leaves 8:15 am from the Franconia Museum, 6121 Franconia Road, Franconia. $100. Details: 703-971-4984.
2 VA Anniversary walking tour of “The Breakthrough” at Pamplin Historical Park near Petersburg. Annual tour of the park’s section of the 1865 Union breakthrough that doomed Confederate Petersburg. 9 am (reservations necessary). Free with park admission. Reservations: 804-861-2408. General info: pamplinpark.org
4 LA “The Horse Soldiers,” multi-media program at the Port Hudson Historic Site near Jackson. 10 am and 1 pm. Free with site admission. 225-654-3775.
4-8 PA National Ed Bearss Symposium in Chambersburg. Includes lectures and a variety of tours. Full package: $725. Complete details: civilwarseminars.org
6 VA Book talk, Out Flew the Sabres: The Battle of Brandy Station, June 9, 1863, at the White House of the Confederacy in Richmond. Noon. Free with site admission. acwm.org
6 VA Van tour, “Bermuda Hundred Campaign,” south of Richmond. Begins Henricus Park, 251 Henricus Park Road, Chesterfield. 9 am-1 pm. $15. chesterfieldhistory.com/upcoming-events
6 VA Lecture, “Diary of a Southern Soldier Boy,” at Magnolia Grange, 10020 Iron Bridge Road, Chesterfield. Noon. Free. chesterfieldhistory.com/upcoming-events
6-7 VA Anniversary activities at the American Civil War Museum in Appomattox. New exhibit and play. acwm.org
6-8 TN Anniversary programs at the Shiloh NMP. Includes living history, special tours. Free. nps.gov/shil
6-8 MD Symposium, “Lincoln Assassination Studies: So Much to Think About,” sponsored by the Surratt House Museum in Clinton. $185. surrattmuseum.org
6-12 VA Anniversary commemoration at the Appomattox National Historical Park. Special ranger programs, tours and living history. Park open late April 6-7. See nps.gov/apco for complete schedule.
7 ALL Park Day, maintenance and cleanup at Civil War sites across the country. See civilwar.org for info.
7 TN Bicycle tour of the Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro. Ranger-led 90-minute ride meets 8:45 am at the visitor center. Free. nps.gov/stri
7 VA “Civil War and Emancipation Day — Remembering the Past,” a variety of activities, talks and performances at several venues in Richmond. 10 am-4 pm. Details: acwm.org
7 VA Conference,“‘Another Era in our War Life’ When the Home Front Became the Battle Front,” lectures at Shenandoah University in Winchester. 8:30 am-4 pm. $50. su.edu/arts/special-programs/mccormick-civil-war-institute-2
7-8 MO Living history, “Missouri Irish Brigade,” at the Alexander Majors House Museum, 8201 State Line Road, Kansas City. Camp and demonstrations. Free. wornallmajors.org
7-8 MS Civil War show at the Crossroads Arena, 800 S Harper Road, Corinth. 9 am-5 pm Saturday, Artifacts and more for show and sale. 9 am-3 pm Sunday. $5. battleofcorinth.com/relic-show.html
7-8 VA Living history, “The Breakthrough,” at Pamplin Historical Park near Petersburg. Camps and demonstrations. 9 am-5 pm. Free with park admission. pamplinpark.org
7-8 FL Living history, “Union Garrison,” camp and demonstrations at Fort Clinch State Park, 2601 Atlantic Ave, Fernandina Beach. 9 am-5 pm Saturday, 9 am-noon Sunday. Regular admission plus $2.50 event fee. floridastateparks.org/park-events/Fort-Clinch
8 GA Living history, “Civil War Music,” at the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in Kennesaw. 11 am-3 pm. Free. nps.gov/kemo
8 VA Walking tour, “Civil War Apothecary,” at the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105-107 S Fairfax St, Alexandria. 11 am. $15. 703-746-3852.
9 VA Lecture, “Lincoln in Richmond,” at the Bottoms Up Pizza, 1700 Dock St, Richmond. 6:30 pm. Free. acwm.org
10 VA Lecture, “The Mystery of the Disappearing Change,” at Pino’s Pizza, 7809 Richmond Highway, Appomattox. 6:30 pm. Free. acwm.org
13 VA Car-caravan tour, “‘The last fight of the Shenandoah’: The Battle of Waynesboro.” 10 am-noon. Free. Registration, exact tour location: 540-740-4545 or shenandoahatwar.org
13-15 NC Symposium, “Salisbury Confederate Prison,” in Salisbury. Lectures, banquet, memorial service. $65 early/$75 after March 23. Details: 704-637-6411.
14 LA Lecture, “Brought to Light: The Horse Soldiers,” Grierson’s Raid, at the Port Hudson State Historic Site near Jackson. 10 am and 1 pm. Free with site admission. 225-654-3775.
14 GA Lecture, “The Andrews Raid,” at the Underpass Amphitheater, 2829 Cherokee St, Kennesaw. 7:30 pm. $7.50/adult. SouthernMuseum.org
14 GA Walking tour, “Meanest, most unsatisfactory place … in the whole war: Hood’s Texas Brigade at Chickamauga Battlefield NMP. 2 pm. Free. nps.gov/chch
14 DC|VA Bus tour, “The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House,” with Ed Bearss leaves from 550 C St SW, Washington. A Smithsonian tour. 8 am-7 pm. $195. smithsonianassociates.org (click Civil War).
14 VA Bike tour, “Cycling on the C&O: A Bicycle Tour of the Canal’s Connection to Northern Virginia during the Civil War,” begins at the Point of Rocks Railroad Station, 4000 Clay St, Point of Rocks, and continues on towpath to Brunswick on (about 14 miles). $20/bike. Register: mosbyheritagearea.org
14 VA “Fit-History” hike, “Chatham to the Port of Falmouth,” 4-mile hike begins at Chatham, 120 Chatham Lane, Fredericksburg. 10 am. Free. nps.gov/frsp/planyourvisit/hiking.htm
14 VA “Seizing Freedom,” special tour highlighting slave life in the White House of the Confederacy in Richmond, at the White House, 1201 Clay St, Richmond. 2 pm. $10/adult. acwm.org
14 VA Lecture, “Dupont’s Ironclad Attack on Charleston,” at the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News. 2:30 pm. Free with site admission. marinersmuseum.org
14 VA Boat tour, “Potomac Blockade,” cruise the sites of the early-war Confederate blockade of Washington DC. Begins at Leesylvania State Park, 2002 Daniel K. Ludwig Drive, Woodbridge. 10 am-1 pm. $45. More info, reservations: 703-792-5618.
14 MD Bus tour, “John Wilkes Booth Escape Route,” sponsored by sponsored by the Surratt House Museum in Clinton. 7 am-7 pm. $85. surrattmuseum.org
14-15 LA Lectures, “Battle of Pleasant Hill,” at the Mansfield State Historic Site in Mansfield. 11 am each day. Free with site admission. 318-872-1474.
14-15 KY Living history, camp and demonstrations at Old Mulkey Meetinghouse State Historic Site, 38 Old Mulkey Park Road, Tompkinsville. 9 am-2:30 pm. parks.ky.gov/parks/historicsites/old-mulkey/events.aspx
14-15 VA Living history, “Pallas Athena Ladies Aid Society,” at the American Civil War Museum in Appomattox. 10 am-5 pm Saturday, 10 am-3 pm Sunday. Free with admission. acwm.org
16 DC Book talk, “They Knew Lincoln,” at Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St SW, Washington. 5 pm. Ticketed event is free. fords.org
18 VA Lecture, “Decision at Tom’s Brook: George Custer, Thomas Rosser and the Joy of the Fight,” at VMI’s Nichols Auditorium in Lexington. 7:30 pm. Free. shenandoahatwar.org
18-19 VA Living history camp tours of the town of New Market. Confederate, Union and civilian living history camps open 4-8 pm Friday, 8 am-8 pm Saturday. Tours 6-8 pm both days. Tours gather at 9386 S Congress St. Free. 540-740-4545.
19 MO Lecture, “Quindaro: The Coming of Freedom in the Decade of the Civil War,” at the Central Library, 14 W 10th St, Kansas City. 6:30 pm. Free. kclibrary.org/library-locations/central-library
19-22 PA Bus tour, “Battle of Gettysburg,” based in Gettysburg. $550. Details: civilwartours.org
20-21 MO Reenactment, “Doniphan Civil War Days,” in Doniphan. Camps and demonstrations with battles. Complete details: doniphanmissouri.org/civil_war_days
21 TN Bicycle tour of the Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro. Ranger-led 90-minute ride meets 8:45 am at the visitor center. Free. nps.gov/stri
21 TN Walking tour, “Waterfront 1864: Walking through Chattanooga’s Civil War Waterfront,” begins at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St, Chattanooga. 9-11:30 am. Free. nps.gov/chch
21 VA Walking tour, “Historic Photography of the Spotsylvania Battlefield,” 3-mile walk begins at Stop 3 on the battlefield tour. 9:30 am-12:30 pm. Free. nps.gov/frsp
21 VA Walking tour at the Appomattox National Historical Park. Hike begins at the NC Monument on the battlefield and covers part of the April 9, 1865, battlefield. 10 am-noon. Free with park admission. nps.gov/apco
21 VA Van tour, “The Battle of Spotysylvania Court House,” leaves from Lee Hall in Newport News. 8 am-34 pm. $55. Registration, more info: leehall.org
21 MD Bus tour, “John Wilkes Booth Escape Route,” sponsored by sponsored by the Surratt House Museum in Clinton. 7 am-7 pm. $85. surrattmuseum.org
21-22 CA Reenactment “Civil War Days,” in Mariposa. Camps and demonstrations open 9:30 am both days. Battles at noon and 3 and 7 pm Saturday, 1 pm Sunday. $10/adult. More info, directions: thecivilwardays.com/Home_Page.html
21-22 KS Living history, “Civil War Weekend,” at Fort Scott National Historic Site in Fort Scott. 8 ma-5 pm. Free. nps.gov/fosc
21-22 MD Special program, “Guided by the Stars,” night-sky navigation in the 19th century, at the Antietam National Battlefield visitor center near Sharpsburg. Sunset-11 pm. Related program April 21 at the Newcomer House, 18422 Shepherdstown Pike, Keedysville. 11:30 am and 2 pm. heartofthecivilwar.org
25-28 WV Conference, “Avenue of Invasion: The Shenandoah Valley and the Road to Antietam, Gettysburg, and Washington,” based in Martinsburg. Tours, lectures and more. $445 (full conference). Complete details: shenandoahatwar.org/avenue-of-invasion/
26 VA Lecture/reception, “Shifting Grounds: Nationalism in the Civil War South,” at the American Civil War Museum in Appomattox. 6:30 pm reception, 7 pm lecture. $10. acwm.org
26 VA “The History of Wet Plate Photography,” at the Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Ave, Manassas. 7 pm. Donations welcome. 703-792-5618.
27-28 AL Reenactment, “Battle of Selma,” Friday evening dance and artillery firing (free). Camps and demonstrations open 9 am-6 pm Saturday with battles 2 and 7 pm Saturday. $7. battleofselma.com
27-28 VA Bus tour, “Retreat from Gettysburg,” sponsored by the Mosby Heritage Area based in Atoka. Details: mosbyheritagearea.org
28 OK Lecture/demonstration, “Musical Instruments of the 19th Century and Civil War Era,” at the Honey Springs Battlefield, 101601 South 4232 Road, Checotah. 1-2:30 pm. Free. okhistory.org/honeysprings
28 MO Living history, “Civilian Life During the Civil War,” at the Alexander Majors House Museum, 8201 State Line Road, Kansas City. 1-4 pm. Free. wornallmajors.org/experience/events
28 TN Bicycle tour of the Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro. Ranger-led 90-minute ride meets 8:45 am at the visitor center. Free. nps.gov/stri
28 GA Ranger program, “Like Leaves Before the Wind — Civilians Caught in the Crossfire,” at the Chickamauga Battlefield NMP. 10 am. Free. nps.gov/chch
28 IL Chicagoland Civil War Show at the DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton. Artifacts show and sale. $9. chicagocivilwarshow.com
28 VA Walking tour, “Historic Photography of the Fredericksburg Battlefield, at the ‘Sunken Road,’” near the Fredericksburg NMP visitor center. 1 pm. Free. nps.gov/frsp
28 VA “Fit-History” hike, “Cancellorsville Trail,” 3.6-mile hike begins at the Chancellorsville Visitor Center, Route 3 west of Fredericksburg. 10 am. Free. nps.gov/frsp/planyourvisit/hiking.htm
28 PA Bus tour, “Confederate Trails of Gettysburg,” looks at the Confederate memorials on the battlefield. 9 am-noon. Begins at Victorian Carriage Company, 297 Steinwehr Ave, Gettysburg. $34. Details: facebook.com/events/1978683378871222
28 PA Lecture, “Civil War Photography: Details: Daredevils and Discoveries,” at the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg. 1 pm. Free. Museum admission applies. nationalcivilwarmuseum.org
28 MD Lecture, “Dr. Hunter Holmes McGuire: Medical director, Surgeon, Confidant,” at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick. 2:30 pm. Free with admission. civilwarmed.org
28 MD Bus tour, “John Wilkes Booth Escape Route,” sponsored by sponsored by the Surratt House Museum in Clinton. 7 am-7 pm. $85. surrattmuseum.org
28-29 CA Reenactment, “Civil War Days,” at Ayers-Dog Island Park, 1360 Main St, Red Bluff. Camps and demonstrations 9 am-5 pm. Battles noon and 3 pm Saturday, 11 am and 2 pm Sunday. $5. racw.org
28-29 VA Living history, “The 1862 Siege of Yorktown,” at Endview Plantation in Newport News. Camps, tours and demonstrations. Free with site admission. endview.org
28-29 NC Reenactment, “Living history Weekend” in Plymouth. Military and civilian living history demonstrations, children’s activities, free admission to Port o’ Plymouth museum. Battle reenactment each day. Fee for reenactments: portoplymouthmuseum.org/events/living-history-weekend
28-29 IL Reenactment “Grant’s Home Front,” at U.S. Grant’s Home State Historic Site in Galena. Camps and demonstrations with battles at 11:30 am Saturday, 1:30 pm Sunday. granthome.com
29 VA Living history, artillery demonstrations, at the Petersburg National Battlefield. 1-4 pm. Free with park admission. nps.gov/pete
29 MD Guided battlefield hikes at the Monocacy National Battlefield in Frederick. Two-hour walks cover various parts of the battle. 9 am-4 pm. Free. Schedule: nps.gov/mono
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