October 2019

Cedar Creek anniversary, dog-friendly tours, live-fire demos, reenactments, more

Updated 17 Oct 2019


1  VA  Book talk, Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth, at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture in Richmond. 6 pm. $10. virginiahistory.org   Buy Book

2-6  VA  Living history and live-fire competition at the Fall Nationals of the North-South Skirmish Association at Fort Shenandoah near Winchester. Free. Details: www.n-ssa.org

3  VA  Film and discussion, “The Burning,” 1864 in the Shenandoah Valley at the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, 20 N Loudoun St, Winchester.  7 pm. Free. shenandohatwar.org

4  VA  Car-caravan tour, “The William Dinges Farm (Rienzi Knoll) at Cedar Creek,” meets at the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NHS visitor station, 7712 Main St, Middletown. 5 pm. Free. nps.gov/cebe

4-5  PA  “Gettysburg History Symposium,” at the Gettysburg NMP. Keynote speech Friday evening with talks and tours Saturday. $12/Friday, $130/Saturday. cart.gettysburgfoundation.org/auxiliary/Reserve.aspx?p=8047

5  MS  Living history, “Battle of Corinth,” anniversary camps and demonstrations at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center in Corinth. 9 am-5 pm. Free. nps.gov/shil

5  DC  Music, “Songs of the Civil War,” at the George Washington University Museum, 701 21st St NW, Washington. 2 pm. $15. museum.gwu.edu/sing-along

5  FL  Living history, “Union Garrison,” camp and demonstrations at the Fort Clinch State Park in Fernandina Beach. 9 am-noon. Free with admission. floridastateparks.org/fortclinch

5-6  VA  Reenactment, “Shenandoah 1864,” in Lovettsville. Camps open 10 am-5 pm Saturday, 9 am-1 pm Sunday. Battles at 2 pm Saturday, 11:30 am Sunday. $12/adult. Limited advance ticket sales only. shenandoahatwar.org

5-6  VA  Reenactment and living history at Laurel Hill, J.E.B. Stuart’s birthplace near Ararat. Details: jebstuart.org

10  DC  Book talk, Lincoln’s Spies: Their Secret War to Save a Nation, at President Lincoln’s Cottage, 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW, Washington. 6 pm reception, 6:30 pm talk. $10/each. lincolncottage.org Buy Book

11  VA  Lecture, “Fredrick Douglass’s Composite Nation 150 Years Later,” at the American Civil War Museum in Richmond.7:30 pm. Free. Registration required: acwm.org

11  VA  Car-caravan tour, “‘Apparently Countless Squadrons’: The Battle of Tom’s Brook,” 10 am-noon. Free but registration required: shenandoahatwar.org

11-13  PA  Tour, “Gettysburg: Day 2,” includes bus and walking tours. $375. Details, registration: civilwartours.org

12  GA Candle Lantern Tour with living history and treats at Fort McAllister State Park near Richmond Hill. Living history demonstrations and more. 7-10 pm. Free with park admission explore.gastateparks.org/events?p=24

12  VA  Living history and tour at Thoburn’s Redoubt, Cedar Creek battlefield near Middletown. Living history camp and demonstrations 12:30-5 pm, combined demo 1 pm. Torchlight tour 7 pm. Free. More info, directions: 540-740-4545. 

12  VA  Dog-friendly walking tours including Civil War dog stories at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania NMP. Spotsylvania battlefield 10 am; Fredericksburg battlefield 11:25 am and 1:25, 2:25 and 3:25 pm; Chancellorsville battlefield 11:25 am and 1:25, 2:25 and 3:25 pm; campfire program at Fredericksburg visitor center 6:30 pm. nps.gov/frsp

12  VA  Lecture, “Failed Monitors,” maritime Civil War tech at the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News. 2:30 pm. Free with $1 museum admission. marinersmuseum.org

12  MD  Living history, Federal artillery camp and demonstrations at the Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg. Free with park admission. nps.gov/anti

12  PA  “An Evening with the Painting,” a special behind-the-scenes look at the Gettysburg Cyclorama at the Gettysburg NMP visitor center. 5-7 pm. $20/adult. Reservations: gettysburgfoundation.org

12-13  GA  Seminar, “Lee’s Warhorse at Chickamauga,” headquartered in Gainesville. Includes tour of the Chickamauga battlefield. Details: longstreet.org

12-13  IL  Reenactment, “Shadows of the Blue and Gray,” at City County Park in Princeton. Camps open 9 am each day. Battles 3 pm Saturday, 2 pm Sunday. shadowsbluegray.com

12-13  WV  Living history, “Reacting to the Raid: Local Militia and the US Marines,” at the Harpers Ferry NHP. 11 am-4 pm. Free with park admission. nps.gov/hafe

12-13  MD  Living history, artillery camp and demonstrations at Gathland State Park, 900 Arnoldtown Road, near Jefferson. Demos at 11 am,1 pm and 3 pm. Free. heartofthecivilwar.org/events/view/993

12-13  VA  Anniversary living history, luminary and special tours, “Battle of Bristoe Station,” at the Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park in Bristow. 11 am-4 pm, luminary 7 pm Saturday. $5. 703-366-3049.

13  MD  Living history, Confederate artillery and infantry camps and demonstrations at the Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg. Free with park admission. nps.gov/anti

14  VA  Lecture, “One Image, Two Freedom Fighters,” at Graduate Richmond, 301 W Franklin St, Richmond. 6:30 pm. Free. acwm.org

15  VA  Lecture, “One Image, Two Freedom Fighters,” at Charley’s Restaurant, 707 Graves Mill Road, Lynchburg. 6:30 pm. Free. acwm.org

16  WV  Walking tours, “John Brown’s Harpers Ferry Raid,” at the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and in Charles Town. 10 am tour at the park in Lower Town (park fee applies). 2 pm tour begins at the historic courthouse in Charles Town (free) 304-535-6029.

16  VA  Lecture, “‘They Came not with Fire and Sword:’ Sheridan’s Veterans and the Opening Campaign for Reunion an dReconciliation in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley,” at Nichols Auditorium, Virginia Military Institute, in Lexington. 7:30 pm. Free. shenandoahatwar.org

17  WV  “John Brown and the Night Sky of 1859,” special program at the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (John Brown Museum). 2 pm. Free with park admission. nps.gov/hafe

18  VA  Book talk, Meade and Lee at Bristoe Station: The Problems of Command and Strategy after Gettysburg from Brandy Station to the Buckland Races, August 1 to October 31, 1863,” at the Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Ave, Manassas. 7 pm. Free. 703-792-5618. Buy Book

18  VA  Car-caravan tour, “Tommy, Charlie, and the Kidd: General Wesley Merritt’s Cavalry at Cedar Creek,” meets at the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NHS visitor station, 7712 Main St, Middletown. 4 pm. Free. nps.gov/cebe

18-19  GA  Special tours, “All Hallow’s Eve,” at the Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Historic Site near Dalton. Haunted tours every 30 minutes 6:30-10 pm. $10. explore.gastateparks.org/events?p=36

18-20  VA  Symposium, “Small Battles, Big Results,” at Pamplin Historical Park near Petersburg. Lectures and optional bus tour. More info: pamplinpark.org

18-20  VA  Anniversary activities, “Battle of Cedar Creek,” featuring a variety of tours and other activities at the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NHP in and near Middletown. Free. Details: nps.gov/cebe

18-20  VA  Reenactment, “Cedar Creek,” on the historic battlefield near Middletown. Details: ccbf.us

18-20  VA  Living history and walking tours, “A Day in the Life of a Soldier,” at Ellwood, 36380 Constitution Highway, on the Wilderness battlefield west of Fredericksburg. Living history 11 am-5 pm, walking tours of Ellwood grounds at 10:15 am and the Wilderness Tavern site at 2 pm. Free. fowb.org

19  MD  Walking tour, “Strange Tales of Civil War Medicine, at the Pry House Field Hospital Museum, 18906 Shepherdstown Pike, Keedysville. 4 pm. “Pay what you please” event. civilwarmed.org

19  VA  Hike, “Signal Knob,” meet NPS ranger at the top of this mountain landmark between Front Royal and Strasburg for Cedar Creek battle interpretive program. 9 am-noon. Free. Details, directions: nps.gov/cebe/hike-through-history-signal-knob-interpretive-hike.htm

19  VA  Car-caravan tour, “Battle of Cedar Creek, In-Depth,” meets at the NPS visitor center, 7712 Main St, Middletown. 9 am-noon. Free. nps.gov/cebe

19  VA  Walking tour, “‘Battling in the Streets,’ Middletown and the Battle of Cedar Creek,” meets at NPS visitor center, 7712 Main St., Middletown at 5 pm. Free. nps.gov/cebe

19  VA  Car-caravan tour, “Rude’s Hill, The Strongest Position in the Shenandoah Valley.”  Meets at the Mt. Jackson Cemetery, Route 11, Mt. Jackson. 10 am. Free, registration required: tourshenandoahbattlefields.com/rudes_hill

19  VA  Lecture and dinner, “Civil War Soldiering,” at the Generals’ Quarters Restaurant, 32345 Constitution Highway, Locust Grove. Features Dr. Pete Carmichael, author of The War for the Common Soldier. 6:30-9 pm. $35. fowb.org Buy Book

19  NC  Living history, “Fall Festival,” wagon rides, games and more at the Bentonville Battlefield near Four Oaks. Opens 10 am. Free. historicsites.nc.gov/events/fall-festival-bentonville-battlefield

19-20  LA  Living history, “Fall Muster,” camp and demonstrations at the Port Hudson State Historic site near Jackson. 9:30 am-4:30 pm. Free with park admission. 225-654-3775.

19-20  TN  Living history, “Artillery tin Gray at Stones River,” camp and demonstrations at the Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro. Camp opens 10 am. Demos 11 am and 1, 2 and 3 pm Saturday, 11 am and 1 pm Sunday. Free. nps.gov/stri

19-20  MS  Living history, “Fall Muster,” at Beauvoir, The Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library, 2244 Beach Blvd, Biloxi. Camps, demonstrations, Saturday ball, Sunday church services. Camps open 9 am each day. Free with site admission. visitbeauvoir.org/muster-

19-20  GA  Seminar, “Lee’s Warhorse at Chickamauga,” James Longstreet seminar based in Gainesville includes bus tour of the Chickamauga battlefield. $235. longstreetsociety.org

19-20  VA  Living history and special Cedar Creek anniversary tours at Belle Grove Plantation, 336 Belle Grove Road, south of Middletown. 10 am-4 pm. Free outside activities, $5 building programs and exhibits.  bellegrove.org

20  VA  Walking tour, “The Stand of the 30th Massachusetts and 114th New York Regiments” on the Cedar Creek battlefield. Meets at 336 Belle Grove Road, south of Middletown at 11 am. Free. nps.gov/cebe

24-27  PA  Conference, “Guerillas, Partisans & Raiders,” based in Chambersburg. Speakers and tours. Details: civilwarseminars.org

24  VA  Book talk, “Too Much for Human Endurance” — the Spangler family at Gettysburg, at the American Civil War Museum in Richmond. 1 pm. Free with admission. acwm.org 

25  VA  Lecture, “Legacies of Emancipation,” with Ta-Nehisi Coates at the American Civil War Museum in Richmond. 7:30 pm. $20. acwm.org

25-26  VA  Living history tours, “Voices from the Shadows,” spooky guided tours through the “Breakthrough Battlefield” at Pamplin Historical Park near Petersburg. 6:30 and 8:30 pm both nights. $12/adult. pamplinpark.org

26  LA  Ranger program, “The Bivouac of the Dead,” Civil War burial practices at the Port Hudson State Historic site near Jackson. 11 am and 1 pm. Free with park admission. 225-654-3775.

26  LA  Living history tours, “Ghosts of the Past: Nighttime Battlefield Tour,” spooky tours through the Mansfield State Historic Site in Mansfield. 7:30-9:30 pm. $5. 318-872-1474.

26  TN   Living history at the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in Kennesaw. Infantry camp and demos all day. Civil War music program 10 am-2 pm. Free. nps.gov/kemo

26  TN  Ranger program, “Cannoneers, To Your Posts!” at the Fort Donelson National Battlefield near Dover. 11 am-2pm. Free. nps.gov/fodo

26  TN  Ranger program, “Ely S. Parker — One True American,” an American Indian on U.S. Grant’s staff, at 105 Walnut St, Chattanooga. 2 pm. Free. nps.gov/chch

26  OH  Walking tour and living history, “Greenwood Cemetery,” 1602 Greenwood Ave, Hamilton. Locate Civil War personalities plus a German-American living history program. Meets at the GAR monument 10 am. Free. facebook.com/events/1864493140319276

26  VA  Living history, “Spirits of New Market,” spooky tours of the New Market battlefield in New Market. Tours depart every 15 minutes 7-8:30 pm. $10/adult. vmi.edu/museums-and-archives/virginia-museum-of-the-civil-war/events

26  MD  Car-caravan tour, “Battle of Monocacy,” special anniversary event at the National Battlefield in Frederick. 9-11:30 am. Free. nps.gov/mono

26  MD  Talks, “Women Soldiers in the Civil War,” at the Newcomer House on the Antietam battlefield, 18422 Shepherdstown Pike, Keedysville. 11:30 am and 2 pm. heartofthecivilwar.org/events/view/1023

26  MD  “Victorian America and the Golden Age of Magic and Spirits of the Dead,” special program at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick. 1:30 pm. Free with admission. civilwarmed.org

26-27  PA  Civil War show, artifacts and other material for sale at the AllStar Events Complex, 2638 Emmitsburg Road, Gettysburg. 9 am-5 pm Saturday, 9 am-2 pm Sunday. gburgshow.com

27  TN  “Halloween and the Civil War,” ranger program at the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in Kennesaw. 2:30 pm. Free. nps.gov/kemo

27 NJ  Living history at the Historic West Jersey Depot, 354 Oakwood Ave, Glassboro. Camps, demonstrations, music and artifact exhibit. 1-4 pm. Free. glassboro.org/events/2019/10/27/civil-war-history-day

27 MD  Living history, “Civil War Church Service,” followed by Victorian tea and talk about Civil War spies at the Rocky Hills Chapel, 7817 Rocky Springs Road, Frederick. 1 pm. heartofthecivilwar.org/events/view/1012

27  VA  Bus tour, “Custer vs. Rosser: The Tom’s Brook Tour,” begins behind the First Bank, 5304 Main St, Mt. Jackson. $65. Register: tourshenandoahbattlefields.com/our-toms-brook-tour

31 MD  Special tours, “Haunted History,” at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick. 7 pm. $25. civilwarmed.org