March 2019

Walking Tours, Bus Tours, Reenactments, Living History, a Hike and more

Updated 15 March 2019


LA  Hike, “Commissary Hill,” at the Port Hudson State Historic Site near Jackson. 10 am-noon. Free with park admission. crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-parks/historic-sites/mansfield-state-historic-site/index

2  VA  Symposium, “A People’s Contest: Struggles for Nation and Freedom in Civil War America,” at the Library of Virginia, 800 E Broad St, Richmond. 9:30 am-4 pm. $65. acwm.org

2  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

2  FL  Candlelight tour of the Fort Clinch State Park in Fernandina Beach. 6:15-7:15 pm. Park fee plus $3. floridastateparks.org/fortclinch

2  PA  Lecture, “College Students in the Battle of Gettysburg: A Different Kind of Soldier,” at the Gettysburg NMP visitor center. 1:30 pm. Free. nps.gov/gett

2-3  SC  Reenactment, “Broxton Bridge,” at the Broxton Bridge Plantation near Ehrhardt. Camps and demonstrations 9 am-5 pm Saturday, 9 am-4 pm Sunday. Battles 2 pm each day. $10/adult. broxtonbridge.com/reenactment.htm

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

3  KS  Lecture, “They Put Up More than Hay: Joel and Emily Grover, Their Barn, and the Underground Railroad,” at Constitution Hall in Lecompton. 2 pm. $3 donation. kshs.org/p/constitution-hall-programs/18579

3  VA  Lecture, “The Union Cavalry at Five Forks,” at the Five Forks contact station, 9840 Courthouse Road, near Dinwiddie. 2 pm. Free. nps.gov/pete

9  GA  “Mountaintop Hike,” at the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in Kennesaw. 2-mile guided walk. 11 am. Free. nps.gov.kemo

9  GA  Lecture, “Uncle Billy’s Boys and the 15th Army Corps in Chattanooga,” at the Chickamauga NMP near Fort Oglethorpe. 2 pm. Free. nps.gov/chch

9  VA  “Battle of Hampton Roads Day” at the Mariners Museum in Newport News. Living history, special talks, tours, music and more. Lecture, “Battle of the Ironclads,” 2:30 pm. Free with $1 museum admission. marinersmuseum.org

9-10  LA  Reenactment, “Blue and Gray on the Red,” camps and demonstrations in Pineville. Battles 1 pm each day. Contact Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site for more info: 318-484-2390.

9-10 SC  Reenactment, “Skirmish at Gamble’s Hotel,” at Rankin Plantation, 4789 E Old Marion Highway, near Florence. Camps and demonstrations open 9 am both days. Battles 2 pm both days. $10/adult. 23rdsc.com/event

10  GA  Ranger program, “Civil War Earthworks,” at the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in Kennesaw. 2:30 pm. Free. nps.gov.kemo

10  NC  Living history talk, “Hoop Skirts and Gunpowder, A Woman of the Fayetteville Arsenal,” at the Cumberland County Library. 300 Maiden Lane, Fayetteville. 2 pm. Free. museumofthecapefear.ncdcr.gov

14  IL   Lecture, “Illinois Civil War Officers and Emancipation,” at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield. Noon. Free. alplm.org

14  VA  Lecture, “Federal Occupation of Middle Tennessee during the Civil War,” at the Hopewell Public Library, 13 E Broad St, Hopewell. 6 pm. Free. nps.gov/pete

15  LA  Walking tour/living history, “Ghost Ships on the Mississippi,” spooky tales and firing demonstrations at the Port Hudson State Historic Site near Jackson. 6:30 pm. crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-parks/historic-sites/mansfield-state-historic-site/index

15-16  GA  Candlelight tour at the Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Historic Site near Dalton. 6-10 pm. $10. explore.gastateparks.org/events?p=36

16  MO  Lectures, “’It May Be Charged That I Have Written Too Freely’: Elizabeth Keckly and Mary Lincoln Remember and Write,” at the Springfield Library Center, 4653 S Campbell Ave, Springfield. 2 pm young adult talk, 7 pm talk for adults. Free. nps.gov/wicr

16  LA  Lecture, “A Soldier’s Vice: Gambling in the Civil War,” at the Mansfield Historic Site near Mansfield. 2 pm. Free with park admission. crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-parks/historic-sites/mansfield-state-historic-site/index

16  GA  Living history, “Civil War Music,” at the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in Kennesaw. 10 am-2 pm. Free. nps.gov.kemo

16  MD  “Irish Brigade Hike,” 2-mile walk at the Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg.1 pm. Free with park admission. nps.gov/anti

16  NC  “A Fighting Chance for Life,” anniversary activities on the Bentonville Battlefield near Four Oaks. Living history, talks and tours open 8 am. Free. Nighttime hospital tours $15. Tickets required, call 910-594-0789. historicsites.nc.gov/events/fighting-chance-life-154th-anniversary-bentonville-battlefield

16  DC  Symposium, “Abraham Lincoln,” at Ford’s Theatre in Washington. 9 am-5 pm. Free. Speakers, tickets: fords.org

16  FL  Living history, Union camp and demonstrations at at Fort Taylor Historic State Park in Key West. 10 am-2 pm. Free with admission. fortzacharytaylor.com

17  AR  Ranger program, “Battle Flags 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

19  AR  Ranger program, “Brother vs. Brother: The Story of the Ryals Brothers at the Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park in Prairie Grove. 2 pm. Free. arkansasstateparks.com/parks/prairie-grove-battlefield-state-park

20  AR  Living history tour, “Battlefield Hike with a Soldier from the 19th Iowa,” at the Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park in Prairie Grove. 2 pm. Free. arkansasstateparks.com/parks/prairie-grove-battlefield-state-park

20  VA  Lecture, “Savannah’s First Yankee Tourists and Other Hidden Wonders for the Civil War,” at Nichols Auditorium, Virginia Military Institute in Lexington. 7:30 pm. Free. shenandoahatwar.org

21  AR  Lecture, “Trans-Mississippi and the Battle of Helena,” at the Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park in Prairie Grove. 7 pm. Free. arkansasstateparks.com/parks/prairie-grove-battlefield-state-park

21  VA  “Stories of the Civil War,” local historians explore little known history at Tucked Away Brewing Company, 8420 Kao Circle, Manassas. 6-8 pm. Free (donations welcome). 703-365-7895.

22-24  VA  Civil War Weekend Conference, “Civil War Leadership,” at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. $295 includes talks, meals and receptions.Can be combined with Peninsula tour March 24-26. More info: civilwar.vt.edu/wordpress

23  MS  Living history, “Civilian Life of the 1860s,” camp scenarios and demonstrations at the Boy Scout camping area, County Road 833, Baldwin. 9 am-2 pm. $5. finalstands.com

23  GA  Ranger program, “Commonalities of the Common Soldiers of the Union and Confederacy,” at the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in Kennesaw. 11 am. Free. nps.gov.kemo

23  VA  Film and discussion, “Winchester — Pen in Hand,” at the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, 20 N Loudoun St, Winchester. 6 pm. Free. shenandoahatwar.org

23  VA  Car-caravan tour, “‘Into the Bottle,’ the Bermuda Hundred Campaign,” begins at Dodd Park, 201 Enon Church Road, Chester. 8 am. $25. Register: petebattlefields.org

23  VA  Walking tour, “First Kernstown,” at the battlefield park, 610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester. 9 am, continues at the Rose Hill site at 1 pm. Box lunch available. Details: kernstownbattle.org

23  VA  Walking tour, “Abraham Lincoln at Petersburg and City Point,” at Grant’s Headquarters at City Point in Hopewell. 2 pm. Free. nps.gov/pete

23  VA  Living history, “Civil War Women’s Day,” at Fort Ward in Alexandria. Talks and demonstrations with hands-on projects for kids. 11 am-3 pm. Free. fortward.org

23  VA  “Exploring Your Civil War Roots,” special program at the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, 20 N Loudoun St, Winchester. 1-4 pm. Free. shenandoahatwar.org

23  PA  Lecture, “The Whole Civil War in 45 Minutes,” at the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg. 1 pm. Free with admission. nationalcivilwarmuseum.org

23  PA  Lecture, tour, “The Union Army at Gettysburg: Great Leadership from Unexpected Places,” at the Gettysburg NMP. Lecture 9 am-noon followed by guided walking tour 1-4 pm. $110. Reservations, more info: gettysburgfoundation.org

23  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

23-24  GA  Living history, “RiverBlast2019,” at the National Civil War Museum in Columbus. Music, demonstrations, family activities and more. Free. portcolumbus.org

23-24  VA  Living history, anniversary camp and demonstrations at the Kernstown Battlefield Park, 610 Battle Park Drive, south of Winchester. 10 am-4 pm. kernstownbattle.org

24  GA  Ranger program, “Atlanta Campaign Map Talk,” at the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in Kennesaw. 2:30 pm. Free. nps.gov.kemo

24  MD  “Cornfield Hike,” 2-mile walk at the Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg.1 pm. Free with park admission. nps.gov/anti

24-26  VA  Bus tour, “The Peninsula,” leaves from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. Stops include the Mariners’ Museum, Fort Monroe and Battle of Dam No. 1. $750/single occupancy. Can be combined with Civil War Leadership conference March 22-24. cpe.vt.edu/cww/campaign.html

28  NC  Book talk, The Last Battleground: The Civil War Comes to North Carolina, at the Headquarters Library, 300 Maiden Lane, Fayetteville. 6 pm. Free. museumofthecapefear.ncdcr.gov Buy Book

29-30  VA  Living history, tours and music, “Sixth Corps Breakthrough,” anniversary activities at Pamplin Historical Park near Petersburg. 10 am-4:30 pm. Free with admission. pamplinpark.org

29-31  TN  Conference, annual event for the Society of Civil War Surgeons in Franklin. Lectures, exhibits and lectures. Details: civilwarsurgeons.org

30  GA  Walking tour, “Hike to 24-Gun Battery,” 3-mile guided walk at the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in Kennesaw. 11 am. Free. nps.gov.kemo

30  VA  Walking/driving tour, “First Kernstown,” begins at the battlefield park, 610 Battle Park Drive, south of Winchester. First session 9 am, continues in the afternoon. Details: kernstownbattle.org

30  VA  Book talk and lunch, The War for the Common Soldier: How Men Thought, Fought, and Survived in Civil War Armies, at Pamplin Historical Park near Petersburg. Noon. $45 includes box lunch/park admission. pamplinpark.org. Reservations: 804-861-2408. Buy Book

30  VA  “Exploring Your Civil War Roots,” at the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, 20 N Loudoun St, Winchester. 1-4 pm. Free. shenandoahatwar.org

30-31  LA  Reenactment, “Siege of Port Hudson,” at the Port Hudson State Historic Site near Jackson. Camps open 9 am-5 pm with battles 2 pm Saturday, 1:30 pm Sunday. crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-parks/historic-sites/port-hudson-state-historic-site/index

30-31  AL  Reenactment, “Battle of Ten Islands,”  at Janney Furnace Park, 145 Janney Road, Ohatchee. Camps and demonstrations open 9 am each day with battles at 2 pm. Free. facebook.com/friendsofjanneyfurnace/posts_to_page

31  MD  Walking tour, “Witness Trees of Antietam, Part I,” 2.5-mile walk at the Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg.1 pm. Free with park admission. nps.gov/anti

31  VA  Book talk, In Memory of Self and Comrades: Thomas Wallace Colley’s Recollections of Civil War Service in the 1st Virginia Cavalry, at the Brambleton Library, 22850 Brambleton Plaza, Brambleton. 2 pm. Free. 540-687-5578. Buy Book

31  VA  Lecture, “The Battle of Dinwiddie Court House,” at the Five Forks contact station, 9840 Courthouse Road, near Dinwiddie. 2 pm. Free. nps.gov/pete