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Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 07/20/2011

Bull Run 150th anniversary marked by events in Manassas

A reenactment of the 145th Anniversary of the Battle of Bull Run in Middletown, Va. (TRACY A WOODWARD - The Washington Post)
There are enough events to mark the 150th anniversary of Bull Run to satisfy even the most ardent Civil War buff. The Manassas battle was the first significant victory for the Confederates.

A House Divided, our Civil War blog, has a full rundown on all the goings on in Manassas and will be liveblogging there on Saturday, but here are the highlights for anyone interested in picking up a musket.

•The festivities kick off Thursday with a commemorative ceremony at 9:15 a.m., which will feature comments by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) and a host other activities.

•The reenactment of the battle takes place Saturday, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The battle will feature more than 8,700 reenactors. And if you want to know how to play a dead soldier, here’s a primer.

There’s plenty of other stuff to see as well. Manassas National Battlefield Park kicked off this week by unveiling a new exhibit that features a belt buckle worn by Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson and a shotgun carried by southern partisan Col.John Singleton Mosby.

Before you head out, take a peak at the Capital Weather Gang. The extreme heat is expected to linger through the weekend.

By  |  12:28 PM ET, 07/20/2011

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