Thursday, May 10, 2007

ALEXANDRIA:10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. At the Fort Ward Museum, the 1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery reenactors portray a regiment stationed at Fort Ward, conduct firing demonstrations, set up camp and discuss the skills of the artillery men. Free. 703-838-4848.

STERLING :7:30 p.m. Tuesday. At the United Methodist Church, a meeting of the Eastern Loudoun Civil War Roundtable, with Dave Goetz as speaker. Open to nonmembers. Free. 703-404-0542.

WINCHESTER : May 16-19. At the Winchester Travelodge, the fifth annual Shenandoah Valley Civil War Conference and Tour, sponsored by the Civil War Education Association, with speakers Brandon H. Beck, Stephen Lee Ritchie, Jonathan A. Noyalas and Charles P. Roland and day trips to such locations as Harpers Ferry and Charles Town. Fee charged. 800-298-1861 or or

NEW MARKET, VA. :10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 19-20. At the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park, the annual reenactment of the 1864 battle. Fee charged. 866-515-1864.

ARLINGTON :7:30-9 p.m. May 19. At Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial, a book signing and discussion by Elizabeth B. Pryor of her new book, "Reading the Man." Reservations required. Free. 703-235-1530.

HAVRE DE GRACE, MD . :9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 19, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 20. At the Steppingstone Museum, Civil War living history days with encampment, drills, artillery demonstrations, period music and Sunday skirmish. Fee charged. 888-419-1762 or

ALEXANDRIA :6 p.m. May 24. At Christ Church in Old Town, the General Samuel Cooper Chapter 105 of the Military Order of the Stars and Bars will host a remembrance service to mark Confederate Memorial Day, with the Rev. Stephen David Becker officiating. Free. 703-455-4680.

FREDERICKSBURG :8-11 p.m. May 26. At Fredericksburg National Cemetery, an illumination with 15,000 candles, one for every man buried in the cemetery. Taps played every half-hour. Rain date, May 27. Free. 540-373-6122 or

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