April 2017

Events added/updated 28 April 2017

1   ALL   Park Day, annual volunteer rehab and cleanup day at Civil War Parks throughout the country. See list: CivilWar.org

1   TN   Walking tour, “Loring’s Advance,” covers some of the heaviest fighting in the Battle of Franklin. Tour begins at Carnton at 10 am. $25. foft.org

1   GA   Ranger program, “April Fools at Chickamauga: The Fight for Brock Field,” at the Chickamauga NMP. 2 pm. Free. nps.gov/chch

1   MD   Civil War dance, “Corbit’s Charge Dance,” at the Westminster Family Center, 11 Longwell Ave,  Westminster. 7 pm. $20 at door. pipecreekcivilwarroundtable.weebly.com

1   MD   Lectures, “From John Brown to James Brown,” the Kennedy Farmhouse in history, at the Newcomer House, 18442 Shepherdstown Pike, Keedysville. 11:30 am and 2 pm. Free. heartofthecivilwar.org/events

1   MD   Illustrated talk, “Clara Barton — An American Life,” at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick. 2:30 pm. Free with admission. civilwarmedmuseum.org

1   VA   Ranger program, “The Sacrifice of Thomas’s Brigade,” during the Battle of Cedar Creek. Program at Morning Attack Trailhead, 8739 Valley Pike, near Middletown. Noon (follows Park Day activity). Free. nps.gov/cebe

1   VA   Hike, “Chancellorsville History Trail,” fit-history 3.6-mile guided tour begins at the Chancellorsville visitor center, 9001 Plank Road, Spotsylvania. 10 am. Free. nps.gov/frsp

1   VA   Anniversary walking tour, “The Breakthrough at Petersburg,”  annual event at Pamplin Historical Park southwest of  Petersburg. Talk at 10:30 am followed by lunch and the two-hour walking tour. $25 (park admission included). Registration: pamplinpark.org

1   VA   Anniversary activities, “Battle of Five Forks,” on the battlefield near Petersburg. Ranger talks, living history and more. 10 am-4 pm. Free. Details, directions: nps.gov/pete

1   DC|MD|VA   Bus tour, “Defending the Capital,” a Smithsonian tour with Ed Bearss. Leaves from 550 C St SW, Washington. 8 am-6:15 pm. $175. smithsonianassociates.org (click Civil War).

1   PA   Lecture, “Farms of Gettysburg: Moses McClean Farm,” at the Gettysburg NMP visitor center. 1 pm. Free. nps.gov/gett/planyourvisit/interpretation.htm

1-2   FL   Living history, “Union Garrison,” at Fort Clinch State Park in Fernandina Beach. 9 am-5 pm Saturday, 9 am-noon Sunday. $8. floridastateparks.org/park/Fort-Clinch

2   VA   Book talk, “Confederate Waterloo, The Battle of Five Forks, April 1, 1865,” at the Manassas Museum in Manassas. 1:30 pm. Free. manassasmuseum.org

2   VA   Book talk and tour, Society of Rebels: The Civil War Diary of Belle Grove’s Amanda Edmonds, at the Ashby Chapel, 692 Federal St, Paris. Followed by tour of Belle Grove. 2 pm. $40. mosbyheritagearea.org Buy Book

2   VA   Anniversary ranger talk, “Confederate Alamo at Fort Gregg,” at the fort in Petersburg. 11 am. Free. nps.gov/pete

2   PA   Lecture, “Farms of Gettysburg: Joseph Sherfy Farm,” at the Gettysburg NMP visitor center. 1 pm. Free. nps.gov/gett/planyourvisit/interpretation.htm

4   DC   Lecture, “The American Civil War and the World,” at the Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington. $40. smithsonianassociates.org (click Civil War).

6   VA   Anniversary “real time” walking tour, “Battle of Sailor’s Creek,” at the Sailor’s Creek Battlefield State Park near Crewe. 4 pm. Free. dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/sailors-creek#general_information

6-7   TN   Anniversary talks and tours at the Shiloh NMP. Free. nps.gov/shil

6-9  PA   Symposium and tours, “Ed Bearss Symposium on Military Leadership & Combat,” based in Chambersburg. Includes Civil War talks and tours. $475. civilwarseminars.org

NC Living History Weekend


7-9   GA   Reenactment, “Shiloh,” at the Nash Farm Civil War Battlefield, 10 Babbs Mill Road, near Hampton. atlantacampaign.com

7-9  VA   Special anniversary activities at the Museum of the Confederacy in Appomattox. Living history and special exhibit (Saturday and Sunday). Play performance “The Hannah Reynolds Story,” about a slave wounded during the Battle of Appomattox, 7 pm Friday, 1:30 pm Saturday and 2 pm Sunday. $5 donation for play. acwm.org

8   AR   Ranger program, “Confederate Camouflage,” at the Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park in Prairie Grove. 3 pm. Free. arkansasstateparks.com/events/confederate-camouflage–148425/

8   GA   Living history, “Longstreet Bivouac,” at the Piedmont Hotel, 827 Maple St, Gainesville. Camps, tours and special exhibits. 10 am-4 pm. Free. longstreet.org

8   GA   Bus tour, “General Longstreet,” leaves from 3333 Busbee Parkway, Kennesaw. Includes burial site, Piedmont Hotel, NE Georgia History Center and more. $59. epay.kennesaw.edu/C20923_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=1896

8   AL   Living history, “Spring Garrison Day,” at Fort Morgan in Gulf Shores. Camp and demonstrations 9 am-3 pm. Free with fort admission. fort-morgan.org

8   TN   Walking tour, “Loring’s Advance,” covers some of the heaviest fighting in the Battle of Franklin. Tour begins at Carnton at 10 am. $25. foft.org

8   TN   Anniversary illumination at the Shiloh NMP. Begins 4:30 pm. Free. nps.gov/shil

8   DC|MD|VA   Bus tour, “Three Key Sites — Harpers Ferry, Antietam and Gettysburg,” a Smithsonian tour leaves from 550 C St SW, Washington. 8 am-7:30  pm. $180. smithsonianassociates.org (click Civil War).

8   PA   Living history, talks, music and special exhibits, “Focus on Photography,” at the Carnegie Free Library, 300 Beechwood Ave, Carnegie. Talks at 10:15 am and 1 pm. Full schedule: carnegiecarnegie.org

8   MD    “Museum Opening Day” in Frederick County. Includes living history at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine plus free admission and refreshments at several sites. visitfrederick.org

8   MD   Bus tour, “John Wilkes Booth Escape Route,” leaves from the Surratt House Museum in Clinton. 7 am-7 pm. $85. surrattmuseum.org

8   VA   Car-caravan tour, “Battle of Cedar Creek,” begins at the NPS visitor contact station, 7712 Main St, Middletown.  2 pm. Free. nps.gov/cebe

8   VA   Civil War and Emancipation Day in Richmond. Living history and talks at the Tredegar Iron Works and other sites. nps.gov/rich

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

8   VA   Walking tour of Fort Huger, a Confederate fort on the James River, 15080 Talcott Terrace, Isle of Wight County, near Smithfield. 10 am. Free. historicisleofwight.com

8   VA   Living history at the Sailor’s Creek Battlefield State Park near Crewe. 9 am-4 pm. Free. dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/sailors-creek#general_information

8   VA   Lecture, “Conserving Civil War Shipwrecks — Research and Innovations,” at the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News. 2:30 pm. Free with admission. marinersmuseum.org

8   VA   Special restoration tour of Liberia, a Civil War-era headquarters (8601 Portner Ave) in Manassas. Includes Civil War graffiti, stories. 2 pm. $10. manassasmuseum.org

8   VA   Bus tour, “Potomac Blockade,” includes Aquia, Quantico, Freestone Point and more. 8:30 am-4:30 pm. $80/includes lunch. Reservations: 703-792-4754.

8   VA   Bus tour, “the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Battles of Third Winchester and Cedar Creek,” leaves from the Franconia Museum, 6121 Franconia Road, Franconia, at 8:15 am. Details, registration: 703-971-4984.

8-9   MS   Civil War Show at the Crossroads Arena, 2800 S Harper Road, Corinth. 9 am-3 pm Sunday. $5/adult. battleofcorinth.com

8-12   VA   Anniversary living history, ranger programs and tours focusing on the Battle of Appomattox Station and the surrender and aftermath, at the Appomattox Court House National Historic Site. nps.gov/apco

9   KS   Lecture, “Abraham Lincoln in Kansas,” at the Kaw Mission, 500 N Mission St, Council Grove. 2 pm. $3. 620-767-5410.

10   VA   Lecture, “The Mystery of the Disappearing Change,” a look at strange Union coin shortage in 1862, at the Capital Ale House, 623 E Main St, Richmond. 6:30 pm. Free. acwm.org

15   AR   Ranger program, “Telegraph Technology,” at the Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park in Prairie Grove. 2 pm. Free. arkansasstateparks.com/events/telegraph-technology-148495

15   LA   Walking tour, “ Devil’s Elbow,” examines siege sites at the Port Hudson State Historic Site near Jackson. 10 am. Free with park admission. 225-654-3775.

15   GA   Walking tour, ranger-led hike of the Chickamauga Battlefield,” at the Chickamauga NMP. 9 am-1 pm. Free. nps.gov/chch

15   VA   Car-caravan tour, “Battle of Cedar Creek,” begins at the NPS visitor contact station, 7712 Main St, Middletown.  2 pm. Free. nps.gov/cebe

15   VA   Hike, “Fredericksburg: The Slaughter Pen Farm,” fit-history 2-mile guided tour begins at 11190 Tidewater Trail, Fredericksburg. 10 am. Free. nps.gov/frsp

15   VA   Walking tour, “Point of Rocks,” begins at Dodd Park, 201 Enon Church Road, Chester. 10 am-noon. $8. chesterfieldhistory.com

15   VA   Van tour, “The Seven Days Battles Part I,” through Gaines’ Mill. Leaves from Lee Hall in Newport News. 8 am-4 pm. $50. More info, reservations: 757-888-3371 extension 306.

15   MD   Bus tour, “John Wilkes Booth Escape Route,” leaves from the Surratt House Museum in Clinton. 7 am-7 pm. $85. surrattmuseum.org

18   NC   Lecture, “The  Role of Women in the Civil War,” at The Museum of Cape Fear in Fayetteville. 7 pm. Free. museumofthecapefear.ncdcr.gov

19   GA   Lecture, “Georgia Military Institute in the  Civil War,” at Barrington Hall, 435 Barrington Drive, Roswell. 7 pm. $5 donation. 678-639-7500.

19   VA   Lecture, “The Louisiana Tigers in the Gettysburg Campaign,” at Nichols Auditorium,  319 Letcher Ave, Virginia Military Institute in Lexington. 7:30 pm. Free. shendandoahatwar.org

19-23   PA   Bus and walking tours, “Battle of Gettysburg,” with Ed Bearss and others based in Gettysburg. $695 (does not include lodging). civilwartours.org

20   MD   Lecture, “July 2, 1863: Was Lee Right to  Attack the Union Flanks,” at the Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road,Westminster. $39. 410-386-8100.

20   DC   Book talk and reception, Midnight in America: Darkness, Sleep, and Dreams During the Civil War, at President Lincoln’s Cottage, 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW, Washington. 6 pm reception, 6:30 lecture. $10 each. lincolncottage.org Buy Book

21-22   MO   Reenactment, “Civil War Days,” at the Current River Heritage Museum, 101 Washington St, Doniphan. Free. doniphanmissouri.org/civil_war_days

21-23   MS   “Holly Springs Pilgrimage,” annual house tour event includes much Civil War history including “Juleps & Generals” living history on Friday. Talks and cemetery tours also on schedule. hollyspringspilgrimage.com

21-23   NC   Reenactment, “Living History Weekend,” at and near the Port o’ Plymouth Museum in Plymouth. Living history camps and demonstrations, two battle reenactments and a torchlight tour. portoplymouthmuseum.org

22   TN   Bicycle tour, “The Destruction of a New Division,” Prentiss’s Sixth Division tour at the Shiloh National Military Park (begins at Stop 6). 1:30-3:30 pm. Free. nps.gov/shil

22   TN   Living history, “Artillery Camp of Instruction,” at the Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro. Demonstrations at 11:30 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. Free. nps.gov/stri

22   GA   Ranger program, “This Terrible Sound: A Sensory Tour of Chickamauga,” at the Chickamauga NMP. 2 pm. Free. nps.gov/chch

22   MD   Bus tour, “John Wilkes Booth Escape Route,” leaves from the Surratt House Museum in Clinton. 7 am-7 pm. $85. surrattmuseum.org

22   VA   Boat tour, “Potomac Blockade,” includes Freestone Point and other Confederate fort sites, 10 am-1 pm. $45. Reservations: 703-792-4754.

22  NC   Surrender anniversary living history and other programs at Bennett Place State Historic Site in Durham. 10 am-4 pm. Free. nchistoricsites.org/Bennett

22-23  KS   Living history, camp and demonstrations at the Fort Scott National Historical Site in Fort Scott. 8 am-5 pm. Free. nps.gov/fosc

22-23   AL   Reenactment, “Wilson’s Raid,” at 2404 Highway 82, Woodland. Camps and demonstrations all weekend. Battles at 2 pm each day. More info: alabamadivision.com

22-23   NC   Living history, demonstrations plus recreation of the occupation of Fort Macon at Fort Macon State Park in Atlantic Beach. friendsoffortmacon.org/events

22-23   PA   Tour, “Gettysburg: Day Two — Sites Seldom Seen,” based in Gettysburg. $245 does not include lodging. cwea.net

23   VA   Lecture, “Sectionalism and Secession: The West Virginia Statehood Movement,” at the Museum of the Confederacy in Appomattox. 6:30 pm reception, 7 pm lecture.  $10. acwm.org

26-29  VA   Conference, “Stonewall Jackson in the Valley,” tours, talks and more, headquartered in  Winchester. More info, registration: shenandoahatwar.org

27   VA   Talk and reception, “Sectionalism and Secession: the West Virginia Statehood Movement,” at the Museum of the Confederacy in Appomattox. 6:30 pm reception, 7 pm talk. $10. acwm.org

27 and 29  MD   Lecture and tour, “July 1, 1863: The Defense of McPherson’s Ridge,” at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster. Lecture: 6:30 pm. Tour  9 am-noon. April 29. $58. 410-386-8100.

27-29  VA   Tour, “ Lee and Jackson at Chancellorsville: An Insider’s Walking Tour,” with Robert K. Krick. $325 does not include lodging. cwea.net

27-30  MD   Bus and walking tours, “The Maryland Campaign,” with Ed Bearss and Tom Clemens. Covers Harpers Ferry, South Mountain and Antietam. Based in Hagerstown. $550 (does not include lodging). civilwartours.org

28-30  VA   Reenactment, “Buchanan Civil War Living History Weekend,” at various locations in Buchanan. Exhibits, skirmish reenactment (7 pm Friday), living history camps and demonstrations all weekend. Battle reenactments 3 pm Saturday, 1:30 pm Sunday. Complete details: townofbuchanan.com/event/buchanan-civil-war-history-weekend-2

28-30  NC   Symposium, “Salisbury Confederate Prison,” in Salisbury. Annual event includes lectures, tour, banquet and memorial service. $75. Details, more info: southpaws@fibrant.com

29  KS   Living history  “Civil War Day,” camps and two battle scenarios plus civilian impressions at the Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 Museum Blvd, Wichita. 10 am-5 pm. Free with site admission. oldcowtown.org

29   GA   Living history, artillery camp and demonstrations at the Chickamauga NMP. Demos: 10:30 and 11:30 am and 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 pm. Free. nps.gov/chch

29   IL   Chicago Civil War Show at the DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton. 9 am-4 pm. $9. chicagocivilwarshow.com

29   MD   Living history, “Living with War: Soldier & Civilian Life on the Battlefield,” camps and demonstrations at the Monocacy National Battlefield in Frederick. 9 am-4:30 pm. Free. nps.gov/mono

29   VA   Lecture, “Digging up History: Uncovering Interesting Facts about Daily Life during the Civil War,” at Pamplin Historical Park near Petersburg. 1 pm. Free with admission. pamplinpark.org

29   VA   Hike, “Wilderness: Chewning and Tapp Farm,” fit-history 4.5-mile guided tour begins at Stop 5 on the Wilderness Battlefield west of Fredericksburg. 10 am. Free. nps.gov/frsp

29  VA   Van tour, “1864 Bermuda Hundred Campaign,” begins at Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Road, Chester. 1-5 pm. $15. chesterfieldhistory.com

29  VA   House tour, “The  Deadliest Enemy: Disease in the Civil War,” at Ben Lomond Historic Site in Manassas. 11 am-4 pm. $5. 703-367-7872.

29  VA   Living history, “Civil War Day,” camps, music, demonstrations and more at Historic Blenheim, 3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax. 210 am-5 pm. $5/adult. 703-591-0560.

29-30  VA   Living history, Civil War camp and demonstrations at Sky Meadows State Park near Delaplane. 10 am-4 pm Saturday, 10 am-2 pm Sunday. Parking fee. 540-592-3556.

30  LA   Talk, “Boots and Saddles: Grierson’s Raid,” at the Port Hudson State Historic Site near Jackson. 1 pm. Free with park admission. 225-654-3775.

30  MD   Lecture and music, “Overlooked Actions of the Maryland Campaign of 1862,” with refreshments and music at the Big Cork Vineyards, 4236 Main St, Rohersville. 5:30 pm. $45 at door. bigcorkvineyards.com

30  VA   Lecture, “Matthew Fontaine Maury,” at the Graffiti House (Brandy Station Battlefield), 19484 Brandy Road, Brandy Station. 2 pm. Free. brandystationfoundation.com

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