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156th Anniversary Weekend – Living History

Visit Cedar Mountain Battlefield on August 11 and 12, 2018 to commemorate the 156th anniversary of the battle with a living history experience for all ages

Battle of Cedar Mountain

Anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Mountain / photos courtesy of Michael Block

 

 

Choose from a variety of immersive activities designed to share the stories of Civil War soldiers and civilians before, during, and after the battle:

  • “Fall in” with Confederate and Union infantry to take part in military drills similar to the drills by soldiers preparing for battle more than 150 years ago.
  • Have a hands-on look at the equipment – or “kit” – soldiers would have carried.
  • Meet members of the Confederate cavalry.
  • Check out artillery guns positioned for battle.
  • Visit military encampments.
  • Interact with civilian refugees from the area impacted by the battle.
  • Join a torchlight tour to visit encampments as the day winds down.

SCHEDULE

Saturday, August 11

11:00 am Opening shot, followed by combined arms demonstration (infantry, cavalry, artillery).

1:00 pm School of the soldier. Open to the public, this session offers the opportunity to experience the life of a Civil War soldier by participating in basic drill and instruction; working with the infantry and learning how to handle a musket; learning how to march, drill and fight; and even serving on a gun crew.

3:00 pm Combined arms demonstration (infantry, cavalry, artillery).

5:00 pm Camp life. Camps open to the public.

6:00 pm Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield Ancestors’ Ceremony.

8:00 pm Torchlight tours of the camps and battlefield.

Sunday, August 12

10:00 am Combined arms demonstration (infantry, cavalry, artillery).

12:00 pm School of the soldier. Open to the public, this session offers the opportunity to experience the life of a Civil War soldier by participating in basic drill and instruction; working with the infantry and learning how to handle a musket; learning how to march, drill and fight; and even serving on a gun crew.

Anniversary weekend activities are free to the public. Donations are welcome and will benefit restoration and preservation of the Cedar Mountain Battlefield. Activities are sponsored by Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield.

Parking will be available at the George Washington Carver School, located at 9433 James Madison Highway near the battlefield. Shuttle buses will transport guests every 15 minutes. Please note that parking for the 8:00 pm torchlight tours on Saturday will be at the battlefield.

The Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield look forward to welcoming you on August 11th and 12th!