There is going to be one huge commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of the Wilderness May 2 to 4. Multiple entities, including Spotsylvania County, Va., the National Park Service and local heritage organizations, have each planned to participate.
Announced events include two full-scale battle reenactments, battlefield bus and walking tours, period music and food, field hospital demonstrations, Civil War era photography portraits and lectures.
The Fredericksburg and Wilderness National Military Park has events planned for two additional days, May 5 and 6.
The commemoration begins Friday at 2 p.m. in Orange with a reenactment of the baptism of Lucy Lee Hill, daughter of Maj. Gen. A.P. Hill and his wife, Kitty, at the 1859 Mayhurst Inn, location of the 1864 ceremony when the building was a plantation house. The infant’s godfather, Gen. Robert E. Lee, held her during the event.
The Friends of Wilderness Battlefield have planned events at the 18th century Ellwood Manor, where much of the Battle of the Wilderness was fought on plantation land 150 years ago. It is also the burial site of Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s amputated arm. It was removed following an accidental shooting during the Battle of the Wilderness.
The reenactment of the battles is hosted by the Spotsylvania Museum and will take place in the Spotsylvania County courthouse area.