- Civil War reenactments, book talks, live-fire demos, seminars and more: OCTOBER 2018
Updated 26 Oct 2018
3-7 VA Living history, “Fall Nationals,” live-fire competition from the North-South Skirmish Association, at Fort Shenandoah near Winchester. Free for spectators. n-ssa.org
5 DC Book talk, The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War, at the McGowan Theater, National Archives, in Washington. Noon. Free. Reservations: archivesfoundation.org/event/the-field-of-blood
5-7 VA Conference and tour, “Battle of Antietam,” a Mosby Heritage Area annual event based in Middleburg. mosbyheritagearea.org
6 TN Bicycle tour of the Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro. Ranger-led 90-minute ride meets 8:45 am at the visitor center. Free. nps.gov/stri
6 MD Walking tour, “Death and Destruction in Downtown Frederick,” begins at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick. 3 pm. “Pay what you please” event. civilwarmed.org
6 PA Special program, “An Evening with the Painting,” special tour of the Gettysburg Cyclorama at the Gettysburg NMP. 6 pm. $20/adult. Register: gettysburgfoundation.org
6 VA Van tour, “Decision at Tom’s Brook,” half-day tour begins at the Mt. Jackson Center, 5300 Main St, Mt. Jackson. 9 am. $65. Registration: tourshenandoahbattlefields.com
6 VA “Women Preserving the Confederate Memory,” special program at the White House of the Confederacy in Richmond. 2 pm. $10. acwm.org
6-7 MS Living history commemorating the anniversary of the Battle of Corinth at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center in Corinth. Camps and demonstrations open 9 am each day. Free. nps.gov/shil
6-7 KY Reenactment, “Battle of Perryville,” on the battlefield near Perryville. Camps and demonstrations plus battles. perryvillebattlefield.org
6-7 MD Living history at the Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg. Artillery and infantry camps withe demos 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm Saturday, 11 am and 1 pm Sunday. Free with park admission. nps.gov/anti
6-7 VA Living history at the Fairview site (NPS Stop 10) on the Chancellorsville battlefield west of Fredericksburg. First-person visitor experience 10 am-5 pm Saturday, 10 am-3 pm Sunday. Free. nps.gov/frsp
6-7 VA Seminar, “Longstreet in Richmond,” sponsored by The Longstreet Society. Tours an lectures. Details: longstreet.org
6-7 VA Reenactment, annual event at the Jeb Stuart Birthplace, 1091 Ararat Highway, Ararat. Details: jebstuart.com
6-7 FL Living history, “Union Garrison,” camp and demonstrations at Fort Clinch State Park, 2601 Atlantic Ave, Fernandina Beach. 9 am-5 pm Saturday, 9 am-noon Sunday. Regular admission plus $2.50 event fee. floridastateparks.org/park-events/Fort-Clinch
7 GA Living history, “Civil War Music,” at the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in Kennesaw. 11 am-3 pm. Free. nps.gov/kemo
10-14 DC|MD Seminar and tours, “Lincoln’s City & Booth Escape Tour,” lectures and a variety of tours. Complete details: civilwarseminars.org
13 AR Living history, artillery camp and demonstrations at the Pea Ridge NMP. Demos 11 am, noon, and 1, 2 and 3 pm. Free with park admission. nps.gov/peri
13 GA Candle Lantern Tours of Fort McAllister State Park near Richmond Hill. 7-9 pm. Free with park admission. gastateparks.org/FortMcAllister
13 OH Conference, “Buckeyes in Blue, Ohio Soldiers in the Shenandoah Valley,” at the R.B. Hayes Presidential Library in Fremont. 10 am-5 pm. $30. shenandoahatwar.org
13 SC Walking tour, “In Defense of Charleston: A Tour of Battery Pringle in the Dill Sanctuary,” sponsored by the Charleston Museum. Begins at 1163 Riverland Drive, Charleston. 9:30 am. $35. charlestonmuseum.org
13 VA Walking tour, “Chancellorsville: Catherine’s Furnace to Fairview,” 4-mile “Fit-History” tour begins at Stop 6 on the Chancellorsville battlefield west of Fredericksburg. 10 am. Free. nps.gov/frsp
13 PA 25th anniversary commemoration of the movie “Gettysburg” at the Majestic Theater, 25 Carlisle St, Gettysburg. Includes talk with director and a screening of the film. 5-10:30 pm. $25. gettysburgmajestic.org
13 PA Guided hike at the Monterey Pass Battlefield Park, off Route 16 near Blue Ridge Summit. 2-4 pm. Free. Details, directions: montereypassbattlefield.org/events
13 MD Lecture, “No Small Change,” money in the Civil War, at the Williamsport Library, 104 Potomac St, Williamsport. Noon. Free. 301-797-4146.
13 MD Living history, “Infantry Day,” camp and demonstrations at the Monocacy National Battlefield. Demos at 10 and 11 am; noon; and 1, 2 and 3 pm. Free. nps.gov/mono
13-14 IL Reenactment, “Shadows in Blue and Gray,” at City County Park in Princeton. Camps open 9 am each day with battles 3 pm Saturday, 2 pm Sunday. Details, directions: shadowsbluegray.com
13-14 WV Reenactment, “Battle of Droop Mountain,” at the Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park near Hillsboro. Living history camps and demonstrations with battles 2:30 pm Saturday, 1:30 pm Sunday. battleofdroopmountain.com/2018-droop-mountain
13-14 WV Living history, “Reacting to the Raid: Local Militia and the US Marines,” John Brown’s Raid programs at the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. 11 am-4 pm. Free with park admission. nps.gov/hafe
13-14 VA Anniversary activities, “Battle of Bristoe Station,” at the Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park,10707 General Kirkland Drive, Bristow. Tours 11 am-4 pm with Saturday evening living history luminary at 7 pm Saturday. $5. 703-366-3049.
19 VA Car-caravan tour, “Sabers and Spencers: Custer and the Cavalry at Cedar Creek.” Meets at the NPS Contact Station, 7712 Main St, in Middletown. 4-6 pm. Free. nps.gov/cebe
19-21 VA Anniversary activities, “Battle of Cedar Creek,” near Middletown. See NPS schedule at nps.gov/cebe
19-21 VA Symposium. “First Ladies of the Civil War,” at Pamplin Historical Park near Petersburg. $339 includes some meals. Optional tour extra. Details: pamplinpark.org
20 TN Bicycle tour of the Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro. Ranger-led 90-minute ride meets 8:45 am at the visitor center. Free. nps.gov/stri
20 GA Ranger-guided bike ride of the Chickamauga Battlefield NMP. 9:30-11:30 am. Free. Loaner bikes available, call 706-866-9241 for reservations. nps.gov/chch
20 MD Talk, “Strange Tales of Civil War Medicine,” at the Pry House Field Hospital Museum, 18906 Shepherdstown Pike, Keedysville. 4 pm. Free with museum admission. civilwarmed.org
20 FL Living history, camps and demonstrations at the Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, 601 Howard England Way, Key West. 10 am-2 pm. Free with park admission. floridastateparks.org/park-events/Fort-Taylor
20 DC/WV/MD Bus tour, “Road to Abolition: Harpers Ferry and Antietam,” a Smithsonian tour. Begins at 550 C St SW, Washington. 8 am-6:45 pm. $190. smithsonianassociates.org (click Civil War).
20 VA Living history, “Heritage Day,” in Mathews, Routes 3 and 198. Event includes demonstrations, music/dancing and talks. 10 am-4 pm. Free. 804-313-7364.
20 VA Lecture, “USS Cairo,” at the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News. 2:30 pm. Free with admission. marinersmuseum.org
20 VA Boat tour, “Potomac Blockade,” cruise the sites of the early-war Confederate blockade of Washington DC. Begins at Leesylvania State Park, 2002 Daniel K. Ludwig Drive, Woodbridge. 10 am-1 pm. $45. More info, reservations: 703-792-5618.
20-21 KY Reenactment, “Camp Wildcat,” at the site off exit 49, I-75. Camps and demonstrations open 10 am each day. Battles at 2 pm each day. Free, donations accepted. Details, directions: wildcatreenactment.com
20-21 MD Living history, “Twilight’s Last Gleaming,” artillery camp at Gathland State Park near Burkittsville. Demos at 11 am, 1 and 3 pm. Free. 301-432-0452.
26 MO “U.S. Grant Symposium,” at Graceland Mansion, 501 S Muldrow St, Mexico. Talks and documentary film 9:45 am-5 pm. usgranttrail.org/symposium
26 NC “Espionage Dinner Theater,” women spies in the Civil War, at the CSS Neuse State Historic Site in Kinston. 6 pm. $15/adult. nchistoricsites.org/neuse/neuse.htm
26-27 VA Living history tours, “Voices from the Shadows,” spooky candlelight tours at Pamplin Historical Park near Petersburg. 6:30 and 8:30 pm. $12/adult. Reservations: 804-861-2408. More info: pamplinpark.org
27 OK Workshop, “Ladies Aid Societies, the Civil War and Quilts,” hands-on quilt making at the Honey Springs Battlefield visitor center, 101601 S 4232 Road, Checotah. 10 am-3 pm. $30. Registration: 918-473-5572.
27 MO Living history, “Spirit of the Civil War,” in Lexington. Multiple living history locations including candlelight hospital tours at the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site. 11 am-10 pm. mostateparks.com/park/battle-lexington-state-historic-site
27 GA Living history, “U.S. Grant,” at the Piedmont Hotel, 827 Maple St, Gainesville. 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. Details: longstreet.org
27 TN Living history, “Knocking the Lid off the Cracker Box — Brown’s Ferry,” at the Moccasin Bend National Archeological District (Brown’s Ferry Federal Rd.) in Chattanooga. 11 am, 1 and 2:30 pm. Free. nps.gov/chch
27 MD Living history, “Horses of Antietam,” at the Newcomer House, 18422 Shepherdstown Pike, Keedysville. 11:30 am and 2 pm. heartofthecivilwar.org
27 PA Program, bus and walking tour, “The Midnight Fight at Monterey Pass,” sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation. Program begins 10 am at the Gettysburg NMP visitor center, event continues at battle site. $110. gettysburgfoundtaion.org
27 VA Car-caravan tour, “Battle of Cross Keys,” begins at 5094 Battlefield Road, Cross Keys. 2-4 pm. Free. Registration: shenandoahatwar.org
27 VA Walking tour, Civil War tour of Stephens City (Newtown). Begins at the Newtown History Center, 5408 Main St, Stephens City. 10:30 am. $5. newtownhistorycenter.org/events
27 VA “Spirits of Liberia,” includes Civil war characters, at Liberia, 8601 Portner, Manassas. Tours 6, 7 and 8 pm. $15. manassasmuseum.org
27 VA “Spirits of New Market,” scary living history tours of the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park in New Market. 7-10 pm. $10/adult. 866-515-1864.
27 VA House tours, “Hospital Horrors,” scary tours of Ben Lomond Historic Site, 1861 Confederate hospital, 10321 Sudley Manor Drive, Manassas. 7-9:30 pm. $10. Registration suggested. 703-367-7872.
27-28 KY Reenactment, “Battle of Leatherwood,” in Cornettsville. Camps and demonstrations with battles each day. Details, directions: battleofleatherwood.com
27-28 TN Living history, “Artillery Saves the Days at Stones River,” at the Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro. Demos 11 am, 1, 2 and 3 pm Saturday; 11 am and 1 pm Sunday. Free. nps.gov/stri
27-28 WV Living history, “Under Fire: Hold the High Ground, 1862,” at Boliver Heights, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Camp 11 am-4 pm. Demonstrations 1,2 and 3 pm. Free with park admission. nps.gov/hafe
28 LA “Thy Soldier Brave is Sleeping,” Civil War burial practices program at the Port Hudson State Historic Site near Jackson. 11 am, 1 and 3 pm. Free with park admission. 225-654-3775.
28 VA Book talk, In Memory of Self and Comrades, Thomas Wallace Colley’s Recollections of Civil War Service in the 1st Virginia Cavalry, at Pamplin Historical Park near Petersburg. 2 pm. Free with park admission. pamplinpark.org
28 VA Living history, artillery demonstrations, at the Petersburg National Battlefield. 1-4 pm. Free with park admission. nps.gov/pete
31 MD “Haunted History,” a spooky tour at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick. 7 pm. $25. civilwarmed.org
31-Nov 4 WV Reenactment, “Guyandotte Civil War Days.” Details: thunderinthevillage.com
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