March 2020

50-plus Civil War events including reenactments in North Carolina and Louisiana, lectures in KS, VA, PA and KY, anniversary tours, much more

| Updated 22 February 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 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  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  PA  Lecture, “Civil War Myths & Mistakes,” at the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg. 1 pm. Free. nationalcivilwarmuseum.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  VA  Tours, “Untold Stories of Women in History: Love, Liberty, Equality,” in Old Town Fredericksburg. Includes Civil War stories. Tours begin at the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, 308 Hanover St. Tours leave every 20 minutes, 6-9 pm. $10. More info, registration: fowb.org

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 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    Reenactment, “155 Bentonville,” major anniversary event on the historic battlefield near Four Oaks. Living history, talks, with battles at 3 pm Saturday and 1:30 pm Sunday. Free for many activities, $12/adult for battles. Schedule, directions, tickets: johnstoncountync.org/155th-bentonville-reenactment

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

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  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  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  “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