December 2018

Civil War music, reenactment, living history: DECEMBER 2018

Updated 13 Sept 2018

1  VA  “Restoring the House at 12th and Clay,” special program at the White House of the Confederacy in Richmond. 2 pm. $10.

1  VA  Living history, “Christmas on the Farm,” 1859 and 1864 military and civilian life at the Bushong Farm in the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park in New Market. 10 am-3 pm. Free with site admission. 866-515-1864.

1  MD  “Memorial Illumination,” at the Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg. 23,000 luminaries represent battle casualties. 6-11:45 pm. Visitor center, some park roads close 3 pm.

1-2  AR  Reenactment, “Battle of Prairie Grove,” at the Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park in Prairie Grove. Camps and demonstrations 9 am-5 pm Saturday, 9 am-4 pm Sunday. Battles each day at 1 pm. $5/vehicle.

1-2  WV  Living history, “Captain Flagg’s US Quartermaster City, 1864: Prospects for Peace,” at the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. 11 am-4 pm. Free with park admission.

1-2 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.

2  GA  Living history, “Civil War Music,” at the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in Kennesaw. 11 am-3 pm. Free.

7-8  KS   Candlelight tours of Fort Scott National Historic Site in Fort Scott. Living history scenes from the fort’s history including “Bleeding Kansas” and Civil War. 6:30-9 pm Saturday, 5-8:45 pm Sunday. $8.

8 TN Ranger program, “Retrieving the Lost — Bringing Soldiers Home,” at the Chattanooga National Cemetery in Chattanooga. 2:30 pm. Free.

8  MD  “Museums by Candlelight,” special tours at the Monocacy National Battlefield. Tours every half hour 12:30-4:30 pm. Space limited. Registration begins Nov. 1. Call 301-662-3515. Details:

8  VA  Lecture, “Last Days of the Monitor,” at the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News. 2:30 pm. Free with admission.

8  VA  Living history, “Wartime Christmas,” at he Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park,10707 General Kirkland Drive, Bristow. 11 am-4 pm. Donations welcome. 703-366-3049.

9  GA  Living history, “Civil War Music,” at the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in Kennesaw. 11 am-3 pm. Free.

13  IL  “Tales from the Vault — Mary Todd Lincoln” special exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. 12:30-1:30 pm. Free with admission.

15  TN  “Civil War Christmas,” for kids at the Shiloh NMP. Talks, decorations and a visit from St. Nick. 2 pm. Register: 731-689-5696.

15  GA  Reenactment, “Winter Muster,” at Fort McAllister State Park near Richmond Hill. Camps and demonstrations 9 am-6 pm with battle at 5 pm. Free with park admission.

15  PA  “Christmas in the Pass,” open house at the Monterey Pass Battlefield Park, off Route 16 near Blue Ridge Summit. Noon-4pm. Free. Details, directions:

15  NC  Living history and candlelight tours, “Christmas in the Piedmont,” civilian and military demonstrations, refreshments, at Bennett Place State Historic Site in Durham. Living history 10 am-4 pm. Free. Candlelight tours 6-9 pm. $3.

15  FL  Living history, camps and demonstrations at the Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, 601 Howard England Way, Key West. 10 am-2 pm. Free with park admission.

26-Jan 5  TN  Anniversary activities at the Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro. Talks, living history, tours. Free. Complete schedule:

27  TN  Talk and celebration, “Founding of Shiloh National Military Park,” at the park visitor center. 2 pm.

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