Special Report: Civil War 150

Civil War events and commemorations

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Although dispirited by its defeat at Bull Run, the Union doggedly continues its efforts to crush the Rebellion.
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Although dispirited by its defeat at Bull Run, the Union doggedly continues its efforts to crush the Rebellion.

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“AN AMERICAN TURNING POINT: THE CIVIL WAR IN VIRGINIA” Artifacts, interactive technology and audiovisual programs are used to explain the wartime experiences of Virginians during the Civil War. Through Dec. 30. Virginia Historical Society, 428 North Blvd., Richmond. 804-358-4901. www.vahistorical.org. Free.

“150TH COMMEMORATION OF THE CIVIL WAR: THE DEATH OF ELLSWORTH” A portrait of the first Union officer killed in the Civil War. Through March 18. National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. www.npg.si.edu. Free.

INVESTIGATION: DETECTIVE MCDEVITT Join Detective McDevitt, who was on duty half a block away from Ford’s Theatre on the night of Lincoln’s assassination, and revisit sites and reexamine clues from the Lincoln assassination conspiracy investigation in a two-hour walking tour. Through Oct. 31. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. 202-347-4833. www.fordstheatre.org.

“THE WAR CAME BY TRAIN” A collection of railroad cars, equipment and other artifacts showing the role of trains during the Civil War. Through May 15, 2015. B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore. 410-752-2490. www.borail.org. $14, $12 seniors, $8 ages 2 to 12.

“PERSONAL ACCOUNTS OF THE CIVIL WAR EXPERIENCE” Through Nov. 12. Mount Clare Museum House, 1500 Washington Blvd., Baltimore. 410-837-3262. www.mountclare.org. $6, $5 seniors, $4 students age 18 and younger, age 5 and younger free.

“ABRAHAM LINCOLN IN BRONZE: ONE MAN, ONE VIEW” An exhibit about the steps taken to create the cottage’s large bronze statue of President Lincoln. Through July 15. President Lincoln’s Cottage, Upshur Street and Rock Creek Church Road NW. 202-829-0436. www.lincolncottage.org. $12, $5 ages 6 to 12.

“OCCUPIED CITY: CIVIL WAR ALEXANDRIA” Learn about life in a town occupied by the military. Open indefinitely. The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. 703-838-4994. www.alexandriahistory.org.

“BLOOD AND INK: FRONT PAGES FROM THE CIVIL WAR” Historic newspaper front pages documenting the most famous events of the Civil War. Through 2012. Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 888-639-7386. www.newseum.org.

“TRENT AFFAIR: A CRISIS IN INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMACY” Learn how the Civil War nearly spilled over into an international conflict with England. Through Oct. 31. Monocacy National Battlefield Visitor Center, 5201 Urbana Pike, Frederick. 301-662-3515. www.nps.gov/mono. Free.

“UP POPS THE MONITOR: THE BATTLE OF HAMPTON ROADS IN POP CULTURE” Explore the commercial legacy of the USS Monitor after its legendary skirmish with the Merrimack. Through Dec. 31. The Mariners’ Museum, 100 Museum Drive, Newport News, Va. 757-596-2222. www.marinersmuseum.org. $12, $11 age 65 and older, $10 students age 13 and up, $7 ages 6 to 12, age 5 and younger free.

“A NATION ASUNDER” Pistols, rifles and imported weapons used by both sides during the war. Open indefinitely. National Firearms Museum, 11250 Waples Mill Rd., Fairfax. 703-267-1600. www.nramuseum.org. Free.

“REMEMBERING BALL’S BLUFF” More than 1,000 artifacts — including letters, clothing and weapons — commemorate the Battle of Ball’s Bluff. Through Oct. 30. Historic Morven Park, 17263 Southern Planter Lane, Leesburg. 703-777-2414. www.morvenpark.org. Free.

“A COLLEGE DIVIDED: MARYLAND AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE AND THE CIVIL WAR” See how the college, which is now the University of Maryland, was linked to the Civil War. Through July 15. Hornbake Library, Campus Drive, University of Maryland, College Park. 301-314-2712. www.lib.umd.edu. Free.

“MOUNT VERNON IN THE CIVIL WAR” Hear stories of Mount Vernon on this temporary walking tour. Through Oct. 30. Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Alexandria. 703-780-2000. www.mountvernon.org. $5, plus estate admission ($15, $7 ages 6 to 11, age 5 and younger free).

LIVING HISTORY ENCAMPMENT WEEKEND Rifle demonstrations, flag ceremonies, public drills, educational lectures and readings of the “Ordinance of Secession.” Through Sunday. Appomattox Courthouse National Historic Park, Highway 24, Appomattox, Va. 434-352-8987. www.nps.gov/apco. $3 per adult or $5 per vehicle, free for age 15 and younger.

BRISTOE STATION BATTLEFIELD TOUR Learn about two Civil War battles that occurred at the site. Through Oct. 23. Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, 10708 Bristow Rd., Bristow. 703-792-5546. www.pwcgov.org/historicsites. $5, age 5 and younger free.

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“68TH ANNUAL WATERFORD HOMES TOUR & CRAFTS EXHIBIT” Civil War and Revolutionary War reenactors, historic home tours, a crafts fair and more. Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 40183 Main St., Waterford. 540-882-3018. www.waterfordfoundation.org. $17, free for age 12 and younger.

AFTERMATH OF BATTLE PROGRAMS The fighting was over, but the work of those charged with the gruesome task of burying the dead and caring for the wounded was just beginning. Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Antietam National Battlefield Visitors Center, 5831 Dunker Church Rd., Sharpsburg, Md. 301-432-7672. www.nps.gov/anti.

“THE CONFEDERACY AND THE WORLD” A themed tour focusing on the Confederacy’s foreign policy. Oct. 13, Oct. 20 and Oct. 27 at 11:15 a.m. The Museum of the Confederacy, 1201 E. Clay St., Richmond. 804-649-1861. www.moc.org. $9, $8 age 62 and older, $5 ages 7 to 13, children younger than 7 free.

MEMORIAL CANDLELIGHT PROGRAM Luminarias will be placed within Poplar Grove National Cemetery. Thursday at 5 p.m. Poplar Grove National Cemetery, 8005 Vaughan Rd., Petersburg, Va. 804-732-3531. www.nps.gov/pete. Free.

BATTLE OF BRISTOE STATION ANNIVERSARY TOUR Local historians discuss the Civil War battles that took place at the site. Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, 10708 Bristow Rd., Bristow. 540-373-6122. www.nps.gov/frsp . $5, age 5 and younger free.

17TH MISSISSIPPI REGIMENT ENCAMPMENT Reenactors at the mill perform demonstrations and offer a look at camp life for soldiers. Saturday and next Sunday. Aldie Mill, 39401 John Mosby Hwy., Aldie. 703-327-9777. www.nvrpa.org/park/aldie_
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FIRST KERNSTOWN BATTLEFIELD TOUR Tour the scene of the only battle that Stonewall Jackson ever lost. Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. Rose Hill, 1850 Jones Rd., Winchester, Va. 540-662-1473. www.shenandoahmuseum.org. $5.

ALEXANDRIA FIREFIGHTING HISTORY WALKING TOUR Learn how the Civil War affected firefighting. Saturday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friendship Firehouse, 107 S. Alfred St., Alexandria. 703-746-4994. www.friendshipfirehouse.net.

“MORTUARY AFFAIRS THROUGHOUT THE AGES” Learn about the military personnel who have cared for deceased veterans throughout history. Saturday at 3 p.m. Petersburg National Battlefield, 5001 Siege Rd., Petersburg, Va. 804-732-3531. www.nps.gov/pete.

“THE CIVIL WAR IN VIRGINIA: BATTLE FLAGS” A gallery walk with Rebecca Rose. Oct. 19 at noon. Virginia Historical Society, 428 North Blvd., Richmond. 804-358-4901. www.vahistorical.org. $6, $5 seniors, $4 students and age 18 and younger.

“ALONG THE POTOMAC: THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF BALL’S BLUFF” This three-day reenactment features action from the Battle of Ball’s Bluff (staged for the first time on the original battlefield) along with a reenactment of the Battle of Dranesville. Other activities include an all-day soldier’s encampment on Oct. 22, and a separate evening encampment where visitors can cook a campfire dinner while interacting with historic regiments. Oct. 21-23. Historic Morven Park, 17263 Southern Planter Lane, Leesburg. 703-777-2414. www.150thballsbluff.com. Daytime encampments and battle reenactments $5, evening encampment $25.

MONOCACY NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD HIKES Hikes explore the tactics and troop movements seen on the battlefield in 1864. Oct. 22 at 9 a.m. Monocacy National Battlefield Visitor Center, 5201 Urbana Pike, Frederick. 301-662-3515. www.nps.gov/mono. Free.

MCLEAN CIVIL WAR 150TH COMMEMORATION EVENT Reenactors, speakers, displays and live music. Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. 703-790-0123. www.mcleancenter.org. Free. “CIVIL WAR ON THE HOME FRONT TOURS” An outdoor tour focuses on life on the homefront during the war. Oct. 22-23. Oatlands Plantation, 20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane, Leesburg. 703-777-3174. www.oatlands.org. $10, $9 age 60 and older, $7 students ages 6 to 16.

“APPOMATTOX 1865” Music, horse-drawn wagon rides, cavalry demonstrations, Civil War-era children’s games, artillery displays and a theatrical performance are part of this commemoration. Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. Appomattox Courthouse National Historic Park, Highway 24, Appomattox, Va. 434-352-8987. www.nps.gov/apco. Free.

SECOND MANASSAS HIKE A park historian describes the Second Battle of Bull Run during a 6.2-mile hike along the Second Manassas Trail. Oct. 22 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Manassas National Battlefield Park, 6511 Sudley Rd., Manassas. 703-361-1339. www.nps.gov/mana. $3.

“TALES OF MY FRIEND MR. LINCOLN” Storyteller Bill Grimmette performs as Frederick Douglass. Oct. 22 at 1:30 and 4 p.m. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. www.atlasarts.org. $8.

“MT. ZION CHURCH: EYEWITNESS TO THE CIVIL WAR” Tour the church that served as a Union hospital and was the scene of fighting between Mosby’s Rangers and Union troops from Massachusetts on July 6, 1864. Oct. 23 from 1 to 5 p.m. Mount Zion Old School Baptist Church, 40309 John Mosby Hwy., Aldie. 703-671-8320. Free.

DAVID BLIGHT A conversation with the author of “American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era.” Oct. 27 at 6:30 p.m. President Lincoln’s Cottage, Upshur Street and Rock Creek Church Road NW. 202-829-0436. www.lincolncottage.org. $20 for lecture and reception, $10 lecture only.

“FOR LIGHT AND LIBERTY: AFRICAN DESCENT SPIES IN THE WAR OF THE REBELLION” A lecture by curator Hari Jones. Oct. 28, Nov. 3, Nov. 10 and Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. African American Civil War Memorial, 1925 Vermont Ave. NW. 202-667-2667. www.afroamcivilwar.org. Free.

“HOSPITAL ON THE HILL” Park rangers discuss Richmond’s role in caring for the Confederacy’s wounded. Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 3215 E. Broad St., Richmond. 804-226-1981. www.ontorichmond.com.

ARTILLERY DAY Reenactors portray a regiment that was stationed at Fort Ward. Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. 703-746-4848. www.fortward.org.

“MOSBY ALONG THE TURNPIKE” An interpretive exercise re-creating the guerilla warfare between Mosby’s Rangers and Federal forces. Oct. 29 from noon to 5 p.m. Mount Zion Old School Baptist Church, 40309 John Mosby Hwy., Aldie. 703-671-8320.

ALL HALLOWS’ EVE TOUR OF BLANDFORD CHURCH & CEMETERY Walk through the cemetery to learn about its permanent residents from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Oct. 31 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Blandford Church & Cemetery, 111 Rochelle Lane, Petersburg, Va. 804-733-2396. www.petersburg-va.org. $7, $5 for age 11 and younger.

“CIVIL WAR VOICES” Barter Theatre presents a fact-based musical about life during wartime. Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. 703-938-2404. www.wolftrap.org. $30.

“SERVANT LIFE IN THE CONFEDERATE WHITE HOUSE: A THEMED TOUR OF THE WHITE HOUSE” A look at the servants who worked at the White House of the Confederacy. Nov. 3, Nov. 10 and Nov. 17 at 11:15 a.m. Museum of the Confederacy, 1201 E. Clay St., Richmond. 804-649-1861. www.moc.org. $9, $8 age 62 and older, $5 ages 7 to 13, free for children younger than 7.

“PICKETING THE POTOMAC: FORT FREDERICK IN THE CIVIL WAR” Visitors can learn about life during the Civil War through living historians, reenactors and demonstrations. Nov. 5-6. Fort Frederick State Park, 11100 Fort Frederick Rd., Big Pool, Md. 301-842-2155. www.dnr.state.md.us.

BALL’S BLUFF WALKING TOUR A guided tour of the battlefield by car and foot. Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fort Evans, 1501 Edwards Ferry Rd. NE, Leesburg. 703-737-7195. www.leesburgva.gov. Free.

“HALLOWED GROUND — EN PLEIN AIR” Artists Peter Plant, Deborah Lovelace Richardson and Claire Beadon Carnell exhibit landscapes of Civil War battlefields as they appear today. Nov. 5-27. Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, 40 S. Carroll St., Frederick. 301-698-0656. www.delaplaine.org.

HOWLETT LINE SESQUICENTENNIAL VAN TOUR A tour of Civil War fortifications used during the Bermuda Hundred Campaign of 1864, including stops at Battery Dantzler, Parker’s Battery, Ware Bottom Church Battlefield, Howlett Line Park and Fort Wead. Nov. 5 from 2 to 5 p.m. Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Rd., Chester, Va. 804-796-7121. www.chesterfieldhistory.com. $15.

LIVING HISTORY ON HENRY HILL Musketry and artillery demonstrations and Confederate and Union portrayals. Nov. 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Manassas National Battlefield Park, 6511 Sudley Rd., Manassas. 703-361-1339. www.nps.gov/mana. $3.

CIVIL WAR CONVERSATIONS Linda Lipscomb of the Museum of the Confederacy discusses letters and diaries from the war. Nov. 9 at 12:15 p.m. Appomattox Courthouse National Historic Park, Highway 24, Appomattox, Va. 434-352-8987. www.nps.gov/apco. Free.

“YEARS OF ANGUISH II: A NATION GOES TO WAR” A two-hour program of films depicting the war’s impact on American perceptions of the conflict. Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. Dodd Auditorium, University of Mary Washington, 1301 College Ave., Fredericksburg. 540-654-1055. www.nps.gov/frsp. Free.

THE SESQUICENTENNIAL OF LINCOLN’S GRAND REVIEW OF THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC Reenactors congregate to re-create the marching divisions present during Lincoln’s review of the army. Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. to noon. Baileys Crossroads, 5200 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. 703-820-1904. www.latcra.org.

CAMP JONES ENCAMPMENT SESQUICENTENNIAL EVENT Learn about Civil War camp life and the hardships endured by soldiers during the conflict. Nov. 12-13. Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, 10708 Bristow Rd., Bristow. 540-373-6122. www.nps.gov/frsp . $5.

POPLAR GROVE NATIONAL CEMETERY LUMINARY EVENT More than 6,000 candles will be lighted in memory of Union soldiers. Nov. 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. Poplar Grove National Cemetery, 8005 Vaughan Rd., Petersburg, Va. 804-732-3531. www.nps.gov/pete. Free.

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE CIVIL WAR A costumed presentation by Civil War historian Joseph W. Becton. Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. Hampton National Historic Site, 535 Hampton Lane, Towson. 410-823-1309. www.nps.gov/hamp. Free.

“THEY ALSO SERVED: ANIMALS IN WAR” Learn about the bond that existed between human and animal on the battlefield. Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. Petersburg National Battlefield, 5001 Siege Rd., Petersburg, Va. 804-732-3531. www.nps.gov/pete.

NINTH ANNUAL REMEMBRANCE DAY ILLUMINATION More than 3,500 candles will light up the cemetery. Nov. 19. Soldiers’ National Cemetery, 97 Taneytown Rd., Gettysburg, Pa. 717-338-1243. www.gettysburgfoundation.org.

CIVIL WAR ON THE JAMES Learn about the naval actions carried out along the James River. Nov. 19 at 10:30 a.m. 9525 Deep Bottom Rd., Richmond. 804-938-2350. www.discoverthejames.com. $40.

LIVING HISTORY DAY WITH THE 17TH MISSISSIPPI REGIMENT The regiment will perform drills and firing demonstrations and visit an original camp site. Nov. 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Historic Morven Park, 17263 Southern Planter Lane, Leesburg. 703 777-2890. www.morvenpark.com. Free.

REMEMBRANCE DAY PARADE Reenactors will take to the streets in a parade commemorating the anniversary of the Gettysburg address. Nov. 19 at noon. Downtown Gettysburg, Lefever Street, Gettysburg, Pa. 717-334-6274. www.gettysburg.travel. Free.

TEA WITH JULIA WARD HOWE A historical interpreter portrays the writer of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Nov. 19 at 2:30 p.m. Willard InterContinental Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-637-7350. www.washington.intercontinental.com. $52.

THANKSGIVING IN THE TRENCHES Walking tours show five scenes depicting how soldiers gave thanks. Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. Petersburg National Battlefield, 5001 Siege Rd., Petersburg, Va. 804-732-3531. www.nps.gov/pete.

CHRISTMAS 1861 ON THE PLANTATION Learn about how the war changed Christmas. Dec. 3. Grant’s Headquarters at City Point, 1001 Pecan Ave., Hopewell, Va. 804-458-9504. www.nps.gov/pete. Free.

ANNUAL MEMORIAL ILLUMINATION The battlefield twinkles to light with 23,000 candles. Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. Antietam National Battlefield Visitors Center, 5831 Dunker Church Rd., Sharpsburg, Md. 301-432-7672. www.nps.gov/anti. Free.

CHRISTMAS IN CAMP Join the 17th Virginia Infantry to learn about holiday customs during the Civil War. Dec. 4 from noon to 4 p.m. Historic Blenheim, 3610 Old Lee Hwy., Fairfax. 703-591-6728. www.fairfaxva.gov.

“DID THE CIVIL WAR END AT APPOMATTOX?”A gallery walk with Paul Levengood. Dec. 7 at noon. Virginia Historical Society, 428 N. Blvd., Richmond. 804-358-4901. www.vahistorical.org. $6, $5 seniors, $4 students and age 18 and younger.

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS See a presentation on how people in the Victorian era celebrated Christmas and then tour the White House of the Confederacy adorned in decorations representative of the period. Dec. 9 at noon and Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. Museum of the Confederacy, 1201 East Clay St., Richmond. 804-649-1861. www.moc.org. $5.

CIVIL WAR SANTA VISITS BEN LOMOND Santa Claus will be dressed in Civil War regalia, like the hearty old man of Thomas Nast’s period cartoons. Dec. 10-11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas. 703-367-7872. www.pwcgov.org/historicsites. $5.

CHRISTMAS IN CAMP A Civil War Santa shows children how Christmas was observed during the Civil War. Dec. 10 from noon to 4 p.m. Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. 703-746-4848. www.fortward.org. Suggested donation of $2 for adults, $1 for children.

CIVIL WAR CONVERSATIONS Learn about how Christmas traditions changed during the war. Dec. 14 at 12:15 p.m. Appomattox Courthouse National Historic Park, Highway 24, Appomattox, Va. 434-352-8987. www.nps.gov/apco.

“NECESSARY SACRIFICES” Playwright Richard Hellesen explores the connections between Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass as they imagine a unified path forward from the divisions of the Civil War. Jan. 20 through Feb. 12. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. 202-347-4833. www.fordstheatre.
org
. $25-$38.

CIVIL WAR BALL Don your best period attire and dance the night away. Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. 703-746-4242. www.gadsbystavern.org. $45 in advance, $50 at the door.

“AN AMERICAN TURNING POINT: THE CIVIL WAR IN VIRGINIA — WAGING WAR” This traveling gallery exhibition explores the experience along the Virginia battlefront. Feb. 25 through June 24. Hampton History Museum, 120 Old Hampton Lane, Hampton. 757-727-1610. www.hampton.gov/history_museum.

“WE CAN NEVER GO BACK” Vignettes recount the stories of Fredericksburg’s residents. Opening in March, date to be announced. Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center, 907 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg. 540-371-3037. www.famcc.org.

DEFENDING THE SOUTHSIDE: A CIVIL WAR VAN TOUR Historian J. Michael Moore leads a tour of Fort Boykins, Fort Huger, City Point and Drewry’s Bluff. March 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lee Hall Mansion, 163 Yorktown Rd., Newport News, Va. 757-888-3371. www.leehall.org. $50.

 
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