March 2020

POSTPONED: Bentonville 155, the major North Carolina anniversary event planned for March 21-22, has been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Look for the reenactment, normally offered every five years, to return in 2021. 

| Updated 15 March 2020 |


1  LA  Living history, “Firepower!” weapons demos at the Port Hudson State Historic Site near Jackson. 1-2 pm. Free with park admission. crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-parks/historic-sites/port-hudson-state-historic-site

1   KS  Lecture, “Opothleyahola and the Civil War in Indian Territory and Kansas,” at Constitution Hall in Lecompton. 2 pm. $3. kshs.org/events/view/19302

1 SC Reenactment, “Battle of Broxton Bridge,” at Broxton Bridge Plantation, 1685 Broxton Bridge Road, near Ehrhardt. Camps open 9 am-4 pm. Battle 2 pm. $10/adult. broxtonbridge.com/reenactment.htm

1  PA  Lecture, “The Messy Business of War: Civil War Runs Headlong into Politics as Politicians Fight for Power and Breed Jealousy, Self-Promotion and Self-Preservation Among Military Leaders,” at the Gettysburg NMP. 1:30 pm. Free. nps.gov/gett

6  Ranger program, “Emergency Medicine of the Civil War,” at the Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park in Prairie Grove. 11 am. Free. arkansasstateparks.com/parks/prairie-grove-battlefield-state-park

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

7  LA  Walking tour, “Bennett’s Lunette & Redoubt,” at the Port Hudson State Historic Site near Jackson. 9:30-11:30 am. Free with park admission. crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-parks/historic-sites/port-hudson-state-historic-site

7    Anniversary activities at the Pea Ridge NMP. Includes living history demonstrations and car-caravan tour (2:30-4:45 pm). Free. RSVP for the tour: battlefields.org/events/battle-pea-ridge-anniversary-pop-up-tour

7 GA Play, “The Gettysburg Canon,” at the Fort McAllister State Park near Richmond Hill. 1 pm. $15 plus parking fee. explore.gastateparks.org/events?p=24

7  GA  Symposium, “Waters Ablaze: The Navies in the Civil War,” at the Kennesaw State University Center, Room 400, 3333 Busbee Drive, Kennesaw. 9 am-noon. Free, donations welcome. facebook.com/events/557920714761954/

7  GA  Tour, “Winter Vistas: Pat Cleburne’s Attacks at Chickamauga,”at the Chickamauga Battlefield. 2-4 pm. Free. nps.gov/chch

MD  Lecture, “The Widow Maker — Civil War Women’s Fight with the Pension Office,” at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick. 2:30 pm. Free with admission. civilwarmed.org

VA “Battle of Hampton Roads Day,” at the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News. Talks, living history, games and more. Free with $1 site admission. marinersmuseum.org

VA Lecture, “Did CSS Virginia Win the Battle of Hampton Roads?” at the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News. 2:30 pm. Free with admission. marinersmuseum.org

7  PA  Lecture, “The Flying Dutchmen: The 11th Corps on July 1,” at the Gettysburg NMP. 1:30 pm. Free. nps.gov/gett

7  PA  Lecture, “South Mountain Communities during the Civil War,” at the Shippensburg Historical Society, 52 W King St, Shippensburg. 10 am. Free, donations welcome. shippensburghistoricalsociety.org

7-8     Living history, “Civil War Days,” at Strathearn Park, 137 Strathearn Place, Simi Valley. Camps and demonstrations 10 am-4 pm Saturday, 10 am-3 pm Sunday. $7/adult. simihistory.com/portfolio-items/civil-war-days-2020/?portfolioCats=72

7-8    Reenactment at Mooney Grove Park in Visalia. Camps and demonstrations with battles 1 and 3:30 pm Saturday, noon Sunday. pacwr.files.wordpress.com/2020/02/mooneyflyer2020.pdf

7-8 GA Living history at the Andersonville National Historic Site near Andersonville. Camps and demonstrations, prison tours and more. 10 am-4 pm. Free. nps.gov/ande

8  PA  Lecture, “Searching for the Exact Location of America’s Soul: An Artists Pursuit,” at the Gettysburg NMP. 1:30 pm. Free. nps.gov/gett

13 KS Lecture, “Lee and the Lost Cause Myth,” at the Kansas Museum of History  in Topeka. 6:30 pm. Free. kshs.org/event/topeka-kansas-museum-of-history-museum-after-hours-9/19678

13  VA Lunch discussion, “USS Congress,” at the Mariners’ Park Cafe in the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News. 12:30 pm. Discussion is free. marinersmuseum.org

14 “Women in the Civil War,” special program at the  Honey Springs Battlefield visitor center, 423159 E 1030 Road, near Checotah. 1 pm. Free. okhistory.org/calendar/event/women-civil-war

14    Ranger program, “Battle Flags of the Civil War,” at the Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park in Prairie Grove. 10 am. Free. arkansasstateparks.com/parks/prairie-grove-battlefield-state-park

14  LA  Walking tour, “Ghost Ships on the River,” spooky walk to Fort Desperate at the Port Hudson State Historic Site near Jackson. 7-9 pm. Free with park admission. crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-parks/historic-sites/port-hudson-state-historic-site

14  KS  “Spring 1800s Ball,” at the Osawatomie City Auditorium, 439 Main St, Osawatomie. 6-9 pm. $5/advance. Free dance lessons 2-4 pm. 913-461-8099.

14    Lecture, “Battle of Augusta (KY)” at the Kenton County Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger. 10 am. facebook.com/events/450082718943504

14 SC Walking tour, “In Defense of Charleston, Battery Pringle,” at the Dill Sanctuary, 1163 Riverland Road, Charleston. 9-11 am. $35. charlestonmuseum.org/news-events/events/in-defense-of-charleston-tour-of-battery-pringle

14  MD  Walking tour, “Fort Washington and the Civil War,” at the NPS site, 13551 Fort Washington Road, Fort Washington. 10 am. Free. nps.gov/cwdw

14 MD Walking tour, “‘He like a soldier fell,’ Irish Brigade,” at the Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg. 1 pm. Free with park admission. nps.gov/anti

14  PA  Lecture, “Civil War Myths & Mistakes,” at the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg. 1 pm. Free. nationalcivilwarmuseum.org

14  VA  Special program, “Civil War Women’s Day,” at Fort Ward Museum in Alexandria. Includes kids’ activities. 11 am-3 pm. Free. fortward.org

14  VA  Anniversary tour, “Battle of First Kernstown,” at the historic battlefield, 610 Battle Park Drive, south of Winchester. 2 pm. Free. kernstownbattle.org

14  PA  Lecture, “Earl Van Dorn: The Life and Death of a Confederate Cavalier,” at the Gettysburg NMP. 1:30 pm. Free. nps.gov/gett

14  PA  Lecture, “Franklin County during the Civil War,” at the Shippensburg Historical Society, 52 W King St, Shippensburg. 10 am. Free, donations welcome. shippensburghistoricalsociety.org

14-15  LA  Reenactment, “Blue and Gray on the Red,” at the Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site in Pineville. Camps and demonstrations open 9 am with battles at 1 pm each day. https://www.crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-parks/historic-sites/forts-randolph-buhlow-state-historic-site/index

15  PA  Lecture, “Soldier in Training: James Longstreet and Mexican War,” at the Gettysburg NMP. 1:30 pm. Free. nps.gov/gett

17  VA  Ranger program, “St. Patrick’s Day, 1865,” how the day was celebrated during the war, at the Five Forks battlefield visitor station, near the intersection of Courthouse and White Oak roads, Dinwiddie. 2 pm. Free. nps.gov/pete

20 LA Film, “Cailloux the Movie,” former slave to Union hero, at the Manship Theater, 100 Lafayette St, Baton Rouge. 7:30 pm. $9.50. manshiptheatre.org/show/cailloux-the-movie-with-filmmaker-q-a

20-21    Reenactment, “Civil War Days,” at Knight’s Ferry Covered Bridge, 17968 Covered Bridge Road, Oakdale. Camps and demonstrations 9 am-5 pm. Battles 1 and 4 pm Saturday, 11 am and 2 pm Sunday. pacwr.files.wordpress.com/2020/02/knights_ferry_flyer_2020-1.pdf

20-21 GA Living history, “RiverBlast2020,” at the National Civil War Naval Museum in Columbus. Annual festival includes tours, demonstrations and more. Free admission both days. portcolumbus.org/exhibits-events

20-22 OK Living history, “Federal Frontier Battalion,” camp and demonstrations at Fort Gibson Historic Site, 907 N Garrison Ave, Fort Gibson. Free with site admission. okhistory.org/calendar/event/reenactment-bake-day/2020-03-27

21  VA  Anniversary tour, “Battle of First Kernstown,” at the historic battlefield, 610 Battle Park Drive, south of Winchester. 4 pm. Donation. kernstownbattle.org

21  VA  “Preservation Ball,” benefits the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation,” at the Mimslyn Inn, 401 Main St, Luray. 6-10 pm. $35. shenandoahatwar.org

21 Symposium, annual Abraham Lincoln event at Ford’s Theatre in Washington. 9 am-5 pm. Free but reservations and tickets required. lincoln-institute.org/abraham-lincoln-institute-symposium-2020

21 |PA Bus tour, “Women in Wartime: Stories from Gettysburg,” a Smithsonian tour. 8:30 am-6 pm. Departs from 550 C St SW, Washington. $205.  smithsonianassociates.org (Click Civil War).

21  PA  “Encounter with History: In Their Own Words,” in Gettysburg. Full-day program includes morning talks and afternoon tours following soldiers from pre-battle lives through the battle using letters and diaries. 9 am-4 pm. $110. cart.gettysburgfoundation.org/12071/12072

21  PA  Lecture, “Scouting the Union Right: Lee and Culp’s Hill, July 1-2,” at the Gettysburg NMP. 1:30 pm. Free. nps.gov/gett

21-22 FL Reenactment, “Pellicer Creek Raid,” at the Florida Agricultural Museum in Palm Coast. Camps, lecture and demonstrations 10 am-4 pm with battles 2 pm Saturday, 1 pm Sunday. $5. floridaagmuseum.org

21-22 VA Symposium, annual Prince William/Manassas event at the Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Ave, Manassas. Includes Civil War content. $10/Saturday lectures and reception, $50/Sunday optional bus tour of historic homes. pwcgov.org/government/dept/park/hp/Pages/Historic-Preservation-Events.aspx

21-22    CANCELLED:
Reenactment, “155 Bentonville,” major anniversary event on the historic battlefield near Four Oaks. This very popular reenactment will be rescheduled for 2021. For more information: johnstoncountync.org/155th-bentonville-reenactment

22 MD Walking tour, “The Fight for Burnside Bridge,” at the Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg. 1 pm. Free with park admission. nps.gov/anti

22  PA  Lecture, “Personal Turning Points: Jefferson Davis and George Thomas,” at the Gettysburg NMP. 1:30 pm. Free. nps.gov/gett

24 Book talk, The Women’s Fight: The Civil War Battles for Home, Freedom, and Nation, at the McGowan Theater, National Archives, in Washington. Noon. Free. Reservations suggested. archivesfoundation.org/event/the-womens-fight Buy Book

27  VA  Ranger program, “Abraham Lincoln at City Point,” at Grant’s Headquarters visitor contact station in Hopewell. 2 pm. Free. nps.gov/pete

27-29 OK Living history, “44th Missouri,” camp and demonstrations at Fort Gibson Historic Site, 907 N Garrison Ave, Fort Gibson. Free with site admission. okhistory.org/calendar/event/reenactment-bake-day/2020-03-27

27-29  VA  Conference of the Society of Civil War Surgeons based in Lexington. Lectures, tours and a visit to the New Market Battlefield. $160. civilwarsurgeons.org/2020-conference

28    Ranger program, “The War of Firsts,” Ranger program, “Emergency Medicine of the Civil War,” at the Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park in Prairie Grove. 11 am. Free. arkansasstateparks.com/parks/prairie-grove-battlefield-state-park

28  DC  Lecture, “A Vigorous Defense: The 1863 Fortifications of Pittsburg,” at Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW, Washington. 10 am. Free. nps.gov/cwdw

28 VA Walking tour, “Stafford Heights and the Port of Falmouth,” 4-mile “Fit-History Hike,” led by Fredericksburg NMP ranger. 10 am. Free. nps.gov/frsp

28  VA  Anniversary walking tours at the Five Forks battlefield. Tours begin at the contact station near Courthouse and White Oak roads, Dinwiddie. 11 am and 2 pm. Free. nps.gov/pete

28  VA  Family activities, “History Day,” at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War and the New Market Battlefield in New Market. Activities, tours and more for all ages. $5. Register: vmi.edu/museums-and-archives/virginia-museum-of-the-civil-war/events

28  PA  Symposium, “From Gettysburg to Little Bighorn, George Armstrong Custer, Civil War and Indian Wars,” at the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg. $45. nationalcivilwarmuseum.org

28  PA  “An Evening with the Painting,” a behind-the-scenes tour of the Gettysburg Cyclorama. 4:45 pm. $25/adult. gettysburgfoundation.org/exhibits-tours-events/special-events

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

28  MD  “Sewing for Soldiers: Quilting on the Home Front,” special program at the Monocacy National Battlefield in Frederick. 1-4 pm. Free. nps.gov/mono

28-29  LA  Reenactment, “Siege of Port Hudson,” anniversary event at the Port Hudson State Historic Site near Jackson. Camps and demonstrations with battles 2 pm Saturday, 1:30 pm Sunday. 9 am-5 pm. crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-parks/historic-sites/port-hudson-state-historic-site

29 GA Living history, “Soldier Saturday,” at the Fort McAllister State Park near Richmond Hill. 1-4 pm. Free with park fee. explore.gastateparks.org/events?p=24

29 MD Living history, “Civil War Church Service,” at the Rocky Springs Chapel, 7817 Rocky Springs Road, Frederick. 1 pm. Free. heartofthecivilwar.org/events/view/1112

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

30 MD Lecture, “Nursing on the Front Lines: How Clara Barton Changed Health Care,” at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick. 1 pm. Free with admission. civilwarmed.org