October 2019

Dog-friendly tours, book talks, reenactments, living history and more

Updated 16 Sept 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

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  Anniversary activities at the Corinth (MS) unit of the Shiloh National Military Park. 8 am-5 pm. Free. nps.gov/shil

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  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 Rd., in Lynchburg. 6:30 pm. Free. acwm.org

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

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

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

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