April 2020

National Park Day, Plymouth NC reenactment, Lincoln assassination conference, Smithsonian programs, Richmond VA tours, California reenactment, much more.

| Updated 13 March 2020 |


1  VA  Anniversary ranger program at the Five Forks battlefield at the contact station near Courthouse and White Oak roads, Dinwiddie. 2 pm. Free. nps.gov/pete

2 Lecture, “Confederate Statues and Memorialization,” at President Lincoln’s Cottage, 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW, Washington. 6 pm reception, 6:30 pm lecture, $10/each. lincolncottage.org

3 VA  Lunch discussion, “Battle of Memphis,” at the Mariners’ Park Cafe in the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News. 12:30 pm. Discussion is free. marinersmuseum.org

3-5   MD Conference, “Lincoln Assassination Studies: Snapshots From the Big Picture,” tours and lectures sponsored by the Surratt Society, in Clinton. $225, tours extra. All details: surrattmuseum.org

4  ALL  American Battlefield Trust’s “Park Day.” Annual volunteer cleanup and repair at Civil War sites across the country. battlefields.org/events/park-day

4 OK Lecture, “‘For Our Own Safety and Welfare’: The Meaning of the Civil War in Indian Territory,” at the Honey Springs Battlefield visitor center, 423159 E 1030 Road, Checotah. 1 pm. Free. okhistory.org/calendar/event/reconstruction

4  LA  Special program, “Battle of Pleasant Hill,” at the Mansfield State Historic site in Mansfield. 11 am. Free with park admission. crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-parks/historic-sites/mansfield-state-historic-site

4 WV Symposium, “Rascals, Rangers & Swamp Dragons: Civil War Irregulars,” at the I.O.O.F. Hall in Beverly. 1-5 pm. $30 (add social and special dinner, $70) beverlyheritagecenter.org/calendar/events/Symposium2020.html

4 TN Civil War Base Ball double-header at the Shiloh NMP, tour stop 4. 11 am and 1:30 pm. Free. nps.gov/shil

4  NC  Dinner theater, “Reflected Glory: Letters to Anna,” Stonewall Jackson’s wife reflects at the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center in Kinston. 5:30 pm. $15/adult. historicsites.nc.gov/events

4  DC  Lecture, “Fort Reno in War and Peace: Reno City Archaeology,” at Fort Reno Park, 4000 Chesapeake St NW, Washington. 10 am. Free. nps.gov/cwdw

4  MD  Walking tour, “Artillery at Antietam,” at the Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg. 1 pm. Free with park admission. nps.gov/anti

4  VA Anniversary activities at the Sailor’s Creek Battlefield State Park near Rice. Living history, talks and more. 9 am-4 pm. Free. dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/park-event-info?id=SC200032-00

4 VA Walking tour, “Lincoln’s 1865 Visit to Richmond,” tour starts 17th and Cary streets, Richmond. 1 pm. Free. nps.gov/rich

4  PA  Lecture, “Civil War Prisons — Dark Tourism,” at the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg. 1 pm. Free. nationalcivilwarmuseum.org

4-8 TN Anniversary activities at the Shiloh NMP. Living history camps and demonstrations Saturday and Sunday. Book talk, Johnsonville: Union Supply Operations on the Tennessee River and the Battle of Johnsonville, Nov. 4-5, 1864, at noon Saturday. Buy Book Ranger-led car-caravan and walking tours Monday-Wednesday. See tour schedule nps.gov/shil

5  MD  Walking tour, “Structures at Antietam,” at the Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg. 1 pm. Free with park admission. nps.gov/anti

5 VA Bus tour, “Brown’s Island Explosion Victims,” begins 500 Tredegar St, Richmond. 9 am-noon. Free. Register: 804-226-5028. More info: nps.gov/rich

4-5  MD  Living history, medical talks and demonstrations at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick. Free with admission. civilwarmed.org

8    Ranger program, “Emergency Medicine of the Civil War,” at the Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park in Prairie Grove. 3 pm. Free. arkansasstateparks.com/parks/prairie-grove-battlefield-state-park

10 VA  Lunch discussion, “Red River Campaign,” at the Mariners’ Park Cafe in the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News. 12:30 pm. Discussion is free. marinersmuseum.org

11    Living history, “Artillery Demonstrations,” at the Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park in Prairie Grove. Demos 10 and 11 am, 1 and 2 pm. Free. arkansasstateparks.com/parks/prairie-grove-battlefield-state-park

11  MD  Walking tour, “‘Carnage on both sides was terrific,’ Miller’s Cornfield,” at the Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg. 1 pm. Free with park admission. nps.gov/anti

11  VA  Walking tour, “A Walk in the Wilderness,” 4-mile “Fit-History Hike,” led by Fredericksburg NMP ranger. 10 am. Free. nps.gov/frsp

11  VA Lecture, “French Forrest, CSN,” at the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News. 2:30 pm. Free with admission. marinersmuseum.org

12  MD  Walking tour, “‘Like wheeling a wheelbarrow over a mile of heaped up cobblestones,’ The Philadelphia Brigade in the West Woods,” at the Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg. 1 pm. Free with park admission. nps.gov/anti

16-18  VA Conference, “‘Our Hour Had Come,’ New Market, Piedmont and the Fall of Staunton,” in Staunton. Includes lectures, tours and special events. $425/full conference. Details: shenandoahatwar.org

18  LA  Living history and walking tour at the Mansfield State Historic Site in Mansfield. Anniversary camp and demonstrations 10 am-2 pm, tour 2 pm. Free with park admission. crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-parks/historic-sites/mansfield-state-historic-site

18  KS  “Civil War Camp Dance,” at Memorial Hall, 1 E Third St, Fort Scott. 7-10 pm. $5 at door. 913-557-1632.

18 VA Bus tour, “A Black Union Spy in Richmond: Who Was Mary Jane Richards?” begins 3215 E Broad St, Richmond. Noon-3 pm. Free. Registration: nathan_hall@nps.gov. More info: nps.gov/rich

18 VA Civil War tours of Brentsville Courthouse, 12229 Bristow Road, Bristow. 11 am and 1 pm. $5. pwcgov.org/government/dept/park/hp/Pages/Historic-Preservation-Events.aspx

18-19  KS  Living history, “Civil War Encampment,” camp and demonstrations at the Fort Scott National Historic Site in Fort Scott. 9 am-5 pm. Free. nps.gov/fosc

18-19 GA|TN Bus tour, “Fort Donelson, The Campaign that Decided the Civil War,” leaves Kennesaw (GA) 8 am on April 18, returns next day at 6 pm. $229 (includes hotel, meals). epay.kennesaw.edu/C20923_ustores/web/classic/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=2385

19  MD  Walking tour, “The Final Attack,” at the Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg. 1 pm. Free with park admission. nps.gov/anti

21 DC “The Civil War in Perspective: Our Evolving Story,” special Smithsonian Associates program at the Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington. 9 am-4:15 pm. $140. smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/civil-war-in-perspective-our-evolving-story

21  VA  Ranger program, “History of the Depot Field Hospital,” at Grant’s Headquarters visitor contact station in Hopewell. 2 pm. Free. nps.gov/pete

24-25  PA  “Spring Muster,” sponsored by the Friends of Gettysburg in Gettysburg. Weekend of programs and tours. Full details: cart.gettysburgfoundation.org/overview/12035

24-26  VA  Reenactments and living history, in Buchanan. Camps, music, talks and demos all weekend with street skirmish 7:30 pm Friday and 11:30 am Saturday. Battles 4 pm Saturday, 1:30 pm Sunday. Much more see townofbuchanan.com/event/buchanan-civil-war-history-weekend-2

24-26  VA  Conference, “First Days — A Focused Look at the First Day of Combat on the Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness & Spotsylvania Court House Battlefields,” tours, speakers and meals. Based at the Fredericksburg Hospitality House Hotel, 2801 Plank Road, Fredericksburg. $235 with individual tour tickets available. cvbt.org/cvbt-annual-conference

24-26  NC  Symposium, “Salisbury Confederate Prison,” annual event in Salisbury includes talks, music, tours and more. $70 until April 3, $80 after. More info: 704-637-6411.

25  VA  Walking tour, “Fredericksburg: Prospect Hill to Landsdowne,” with optional side trip to Bernard’s Cabins, 4.2 or 5.2-mile “Fit-History Hike,” led by Fredericksburg NMP ranger. 10 am. Free. nps.gov/frsp

25 |VA Bus tour, “Lincoln in Virginia: A Wartime Journey,” a Smithsonian tour. 7:15 am-7 pm. Departs from 550 C St SW, Washington. $205.  smithsonianassociates.org (Click Civil War).

25 “The Civil War in Perspective: Our Evolving Story,”  a Smithsonian Associates program at the Ripley Center, 1100 S Jefferson Drive SW, Washington. 9:30 am-4:15 pm. $140. smithsonianassociates.org (Click Civil War).

25-26  NC Anniversary activities at the Bennett Place State Historic Site in Durham. Lectures, living history and more. Special surrender reenactment ($5). 10 am-4 pm Saturday, 10 am-3 pm Sunday. $10/adult. bennettplacehistoricsite.com/special-events

25-26  NC  Reenactment, “Living History Weekend” in Plymouth. Annual event features living history camps and demonstrations, Saturday torchlight tour ($15), Sunday battle ($5). portoplymouthmuseum.org/events/living-history-weekend

25-26    Reenactment, “Civil War Days,” in Mariposa. Camps, demonstrations and battles. $10/adult. More info, directions: mariposacivilwardays.com

25-26  MD  “Commemoration of the Sinking of the Black Diamond,” 1865 accident off St. Clement’s Island on the Potomac. Programs at the St. Clement’s Island Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Road, Colton’s Point. Free. civilwarmed.org