May 2019

Reenactments, luminary, Memorial Day ceremonies, hikes, candlelight tours, and more

Updated 19 April 2019


1-5   PA/MD  Symposium, “American Military History & Combat,” annual Ed Bearss event, based in Chambersburg PA. Speakers and tours. More info: civilwarseminars.org

2  VA  Lecture, “Archaeology at Petersburg’” at the Prince George Library, 6605 Courts Drive, Prince George. 6 pm. Free. nps.gov/pete

PA Tour, “Doors Open Gettysburg.” Four battlefield and farm structures open for tours. 10 am-2 pm. Free. nps.gov/gett

4  DC/VA  Bus tour, “Lincoln in Virginia: A Wartime Journey,” a Smithsonian Associates tour. Leaves 7:30 am from 550 C St SW, Washington. $200. smithsonianassociates.org (click Civil War).

VA  Walking tour, “Chancellorsville History Trail,” 4.3-mile “fit history hike” meets at the Chancellorsville Battlefield visitor center off Route 3 west of Fredericksburg. 10 am. Free. nps.gov/frsp

VA  “Potomac Blockade Boat Tour,” includes river view of Confederate fortifications and walking tour of the Possum Nose battery. Begins at Tim’s Rivershore Restaurant, 1510 Cherry Hill Road, Dumfries. 10 am-2 pm. $70 includes lunch. Reservations: 703-792-4754.

4  NC  Special program, “Long Arms of the Civil War,” at the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center in Kinston. 10 am-4 pm. Free. historicsites.nc.gov/events/long-arms-american-civil-war-free-day

4  MD  Lecture, “Loss of Innocence: A Connecticut Drummer Boy’s Baptism of Fire,” at the Pry House Field Hospital Museum, 18906 Shepherdstown Pike, Keedysville. 11 am. “Pay what you please” event. civilwarmed.org

4  MD  Walking tour, “Divided Loyalties, begins at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick. 3 pm. “Pay what you please” event. Register: civilwarmed.org

4  MD  Book event, “Meet the Authors: Battles of a Border State, Maryland’s Constitutional Crisis,” meet the authors at the Monocacy National Battlefield in Frederick. Noon-5 pm. Free. nps.gov/mono

4  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

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

4-5  TX  Living history, “Great Locomotive Chase and Battle for Port Jefferson,” at the Historic Jefferson Railway, 400 E Austin, Jefferson. Steam train rides through living history scenarios. Five rides scheduled Saturday and 12:30 pm Sunday. $16.50 Saturday, $15 Sunday. diamonddonempire.com/jefferson-civil-war-days

4-5  OH  Civil War show and living history at the Richland County Fairgrounds, 750 N Home Road, Mansfield. 9 am-5 pm Saturday, 9 am-3 pm Sunday. $7/adult. ohiocivilwarshow.com

4-5  VA  Living history, “Battle of the Wilderness” anniversary at Ellwood Manor, just off Highway 20 south of Route 3, west of Fredericksburg. Historic character impressions and walking tours. House and grounds open 10 am-5 pm. Free. Schedule: fowb.org

4-5  PA  Walking tour, “Heritage Trail Hike,” at the Gettysburg NMP. Two all-day hikes totaling 15 miles on the Gettysburg battlefield. $110. Details, registration: gettysburgfoundation.org

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

10-11  FL  Candlelight tour of the Fort Clinch State Park in Fernandina Beach. 7-8 pm. Park fee plus $3. floridastateparks.org/fortclinch

11  GA  Living history, artillery camp and demonstrations at the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in Kennesaw. Free. nps.gov.kemo

11  MD  Lecture, “Florence Nightingale’s Influence on Medicine & Nursing in the United States,” at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick. 2:30 pm. Free with admission. civilwarmed.org

11  VA  Motorcycle tour of the Petersburg battlefields. Meets at the Eastern Front Visitor Center. 10 am-2 pm. Free with park admission. Numbers limited call 804-732-3531 extension 202. nps.gov/pete

11  VA  Living history and music, “Mother’s Day Tribute,” at Elwood Manor, just off Highway 20, south of Route 3, west of Fredericksburg. Readings from soldier letters with period music 11 am and 2 pm. House open 10 am-5 pm. Free. fowb.org

11  VA  Lecture, “The Last Days of the Virginia,” at the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News. 2:30 pm. Free with admission ($1). marinersmuseum.org

11  PA  Lecture, “The Army of Northern Virginia in the Wake of Surrender,” at the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg. 1 pm. Free with admission. nationalcivilwarmuseum.org

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

15  VA  “Director’s Guided Tour,” of the New Market battlefield in New Market. 2-4 pm. Registration required: 866-515-1864. More info: vmi.edu/museums-and-archives/virginia-museum-of-the-civil-war/events

15-19  VA  Living history and live-fire competition at the Spring Nationals of the North-South Skirmish Association at Fort Shenandoah near Winchester. Free. Details: www.n-ssa.org

17  VA  Tour, “‘Every Shell Exploded in the Streets’: The Battle of New Market,” 10 am-noon. Free but registration required: shenandoahatwar.org

18  AR  Living history, artillery camp and demos at the Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park in Prairie Grove. 10 am-2 pm. Free. 479-846-2990.

18  GA  Living history, infantry camp and demonstrations at the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in Kennesaw. Free. nps.gov.kemo

18  DC/WV/MD/PA  Bus tour, “The Civil War: Three Key Sites, Harpers Ferry, Antietam and Gettysburg.” Leaves 8 am from 550 C St SW, Washington. $190. smithsonianassociates.org (click Civil War).

18  VA  Walking tour, “Spotsylvania’s Bloody Angle,” 3-mile “fit history hike” begins at Stop 3, Spotsylvania battlefield west of Fredericksburg. 10 am. Free. nps.gov/frsp

18  PA  Lecture, tour, “ ‘Action Forward!’ Civil War Field Artillery at Gettysburg,” at the Gettysburg NMP. Lecture 9 am-noon, guided walking tour 1-4 pm. $110. Registration: gettysburgfoundation.org

18  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

18-19  GA  Reenactment, “Battle of Resaca,” near Highway 41/I-75 north of Resaca. Camps and demonstrations with battles at 2 pm each day. $5/adult. More info, map: georgiadivision.org

18-19  VA  Anniversary living history at Drewry’s Bluff, part of the Richmond National Battlefield Park. Camps and demonstrations plus ranger programs. 9 am-3 pm. Free. nps.gov/rich

18-19  VA  Reenactment, “Battle of New Market,” at the historic battlefield in New Market. Camps open 10 am-5 pm with battles each day. $10/adult. vmi.edu/museums-and-archives/virginia-museum-of-the-civil-war/events

25  GA  Memorial Day commemoration at Fort McAllister State Park near Richmond Hill. Living history demonstrations and more. 9 am-4 pm. Free with park admission. explore.gastateparks.org/events?p=24

25  VA  Walking tours, “Artillery Activity at the Battle of Totopotomoy Creek,” at the battlefield, part of the Richmond National Battlefield Park. 10 am and 1:30 pm. Free. nps.gov/rich

25  VA  Memorial Day ceremony and talk at Ellwood Manor, just south of the intersection of Routes 3 and 20 west of Fredericksburg. 2 pm. Free. fowb.org

25  VA  Annual Luminary at the Fredericksburg National Cemetery in Fredericksburg. 15,300 candles represent Civil War dead buried there. 8-11 pm. Free. nps.gov/frsp

25-26  MD  Living history, medical demonstrations at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick. 11 am-5 pm. Free with admission. civilwarmed.org

25-26  NC  Living history, “Military Timeline,” at Bennett Place State Historic Site in Durham. 10 am-4 pm Saturday, 10 am-3 pm Sunday Ceremony 3 pm Saturday. $3/adult. historicsites.nc.gov/events?tid_1=4

25-27  CA  Reenactment at Roaring Camp Railroads, 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton. Camps open 9 am each day with steam train rides and battles and skirmishes each day. $37/adult. Sunday night event/train ride 6:30-10 pm $29/adult. Complete details: roaringcamp.com/events#civil_War

25-27  MI  Living history, “River Through Time,” comprehensive programs including Civil War at Heritage Park in Coldwater. 9 am-4 pm. Free. riverthroughtime.com

25-27  MD  Memorial Day programs with ranger programs and flag display at the Monocacy National Battlefield in Frederick. Programs noon, 1:30 and 3 pm Saturday and Sunday, 11 am and 3 pm Monday. Free. nps.gov/mono

26  GA  Living history, artillery camp and demonstrations at the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in Kennesaw. Free. nps.gov.kemo

26  VA  Living history, artillery camp and demonstrations at the Petersburg National Battlefield. 1-4 pm. Free with park admission. nps.gov/pete

27  TN  Memorial Day ceremony at the Shiloh National Cemetery at the Shiloh National Military Park. 11 am. Free. nps.gov/shil

27  MD  Memorial Day commemoration at the Antietam National Cemetery near Sharpsburg. 11 am. Free. nps.gov/anti

29  OH  Concert, “Music of the Civil War,” at the DeJohn Community Center, 6306 Marsol Road, Mayfield Heights. 4 pm. $10. Pre-registration required: 440-442-2627.

30-June 2  WV  Reenactment and other activities, “Blue and Gray Reunion,” in Philippi. Author talk Wednesday evening, living history, tours and more Friday-Sunday, skirmish 1 pm Saturday, battle reenactment 2 pm Sunday. Details: blueandgrayreunion.org/index.php/schedule

31-June 1  GA  Reenactment, “Battle of Pickett’s Mill,” at Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Historic Site near Dalton. Camps, demonstrations and tours. 10 am-4 pm Thursday-Friday, 9 am-4 pm Saturday. $6/adult. explore.gastateparks.org/events?p=36