December 2018

Civil War music, reenactment, living history: DECEMBER 2018

Updated 12 Dec 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. smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/advances-in-military-medicine-from-mercy-street-to-21st-century

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: fortbranchcivilwarsite.com

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

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. nps.gov/anti

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. arkansasstateparks.com/prairiegrovebattlefield/

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. nps.gov/hafe

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. floridastateparks.org/park-events/Fort-Clinch

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

4  VA  “Christmas at the Jacksons,” holiday decorations, living history and more at the Stonewall Jackson House in Lexington. 5-7 pm. Free with non-perishable food donation. vmi.edu/museums-and-archives/stonewall-jackson-house/

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 lincolncottage.org

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. nps.gov/fosc

8  MO   Luminary Driving tour at the Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield near Springfield. More than 2,500 luminaries along the tour route. Opening ceremony 4:30 pm; 5:15 pm tour open to public. Living history at the Ray House. Tour roads close at noon. Free. nps.gov/wicr

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

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: nps.gov/mono

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

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.

8-9  VA  Anniversary activities, tours and programs, at the Fredericksburg NMP and in the town. Saturday tours include “Fighting in the Streets” and the “Fight for Prospect Hill.” Sunday tours cover the Sunken Road and the “Footsteps of the Irish Brigade.” Free. See nps.gov/frsp for complete details.

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

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. presidentlincoln.org

15  OK  Living history, “Civil War Christmas Party,” family activities at the Honey Springs Battlefield visitor center, 101601 S 4232 Road, Checotah. 3-5 pm. Free. okhistory.org/sites/honeysprings.php

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. nps.gov/shil

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. gastateparks.org/FortMcAllister

15  VA  Living history, “Christmas Past,” period Santa, music and refreshments at Pamplin Historical Park in Petersburg. 10 am-4 pm. Free with admission. pamplinpark.org

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. fowb.org

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: montereypassbattlefield.org/events

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. bennettplacehistoricsite.com

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. floridastateparks.org/park-events/Fort-Taylor

16  MD  Special program, “Christmas in the Civil War,” at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick. 2:30 pm. Free with admission. civilwarmed.org

16  VA  Living history, “Civil War Santa,” with music and more at Chatham, NPS site at 120 Chatham Lane, Fredericksburg. Noon-4 pm. Free. nps.gov/frsp

22  GA  Living history, “Soldier Saturday,” at Fort McAllister State Park near Richmond Hill. 11 am-4 pm. Free with admission. explore.gastateparks.org/events?p=24

23  MD  Special program, “Christmas in the Civil War,” at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick. 2:30 pm. Free with admission. civilwarmed.org

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

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


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