December 2018

Civil War music, reenactment, living history: DECEMBER 2018

Updated 30 Oct 2018

DC/MD  Bus tour, “Advances in Military Medicine: From Mercy Street to the 21st Century,” includes visits to the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick. Leaves from 550 C St SW, Washington. 9:15 am-5 pm. $190.

NC  Living history, “Christmas at Fort Branch,” holiday scenes, decorations and caroling at the historic site on the Roanoke River near Hamilton. 7 pm. More info:

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.

DC  Book talk, The War for the Common Soldier: How Men Thought, Fought, and Survived in the Civil War Armies, at President Lincoln’s Cottage, 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW. Reception 6 pm, lecture 6:30 pm. $10/each. Buy Book

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  VA  Living history, “A 19th-Century Christmas at Elwood,” 36380 Constitution Highway, near Locust Grove (Route 20 west of Fredericksburg). 19th-century Santa (9 am-noon Saturday), period decorations and music. House open 9 am-2 pm Saturday, noon-3 pm Sunday. Free.

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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