April 1st, 2013 by RichmondBargains

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Major free history event alert:

The Richmond 2013 Civil War & Emancipation Day will be held Saturday, April 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event provides free admission to all of the more than 25 participating sites and activity centers and offers an array of informative walking tours and presentations.

Join walking tours and attend programs to learn more about the following (details available from the Activities By Location PDF):

    The 1863 Bread Riot in Richmond, where thousands of Richmonders protested lack of food and supplies during the war years and stormed area stores.
    The Lincoln Walk. Follow the path President Lincoln took when he visited Richmond in 1865.
    Walking Tour of Jackson Ward, showcasing the remarkable development of businesses, entertainment, churches, and cultural institutions.
    The Secrets of Mary Bowser. Learn more about the accounts of this free black woman and her work as a spy on the Confederacy.
    A walk along Richmond’s Slave Trail will be led by a member of the Richmond Slave Trail Commission, from Ancarrow’s Landing to Lumpkin’s Jail. (Registration requested.)
    Elegba Folklore Society will present In the Beginning… Virginia, Along the Trail of Enslaved Africans by Torch Light. (Registration requested.)
    And more

Free shuttle service will operate between all sites, so park once and visit as many sites as possible during the day. Hear discussions with leading Civil War scholars, watch cannon making demonstrations (and firings!), enjoy song and dance performances, and take a free Canal Boat ride. The day offers expanded opportunities to learn more about Richmond’s history and its role in the Civil War and Emancipation.

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June 27th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

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The last of the Seven Days Battles will be remembered on the 150th anniversary this weekend; Richmond National Battlefield Park is hosting events all day Saturday and Sunday at Glendale and Malvern Hill battlefields. Full Schedule:

    Visitor Parking areas –
    Malvern Hill: 9175 Willis Church Rd, Henrico 23231
    Gravel Hill Community Center: 5417 Long Bridge Road, Henrico 23231
    Note: Shuttles will run from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

    Ongoing all day (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
    • Virginia Sesquicentennial HistoryMobile (Malvern Hill)
    • Demonstrations of medical care during and after the battles of Glendale and Malvern Hill (Willis Church)
    • Exhibits interpreting the history of the Gravel Hill community of free African Americans during the Civil War (Gravel Hill Community Center)
    • NPS Ranger orientation, exhibits and maps illustrating the Battles of Glendale and Malvern Hill (Visitor Center)
    • Living history programs and demonstrations of life and activities in camp and on the battlefield in June 1862 (Visitor Center)
    • Interactive family and children’s activities and demonstrations (Visitor Center)

    Saturday June 30
    12:00 p.m. The Battle of Glendale – an overview tour of the fighting along Long Bridge Rd (Long Bridge Road Interpretive Area)
    1:00 p.m. “African Americans Caught in the Vortex” – a special program with the Gravel Hill Community Center. The families of Gravel Hill were the only free African American community situated in the middle of the contending armies. (Gravel Hill Community Center)
    1:30 p.m. The Battle of Glendale – an overview tour of the fighting along Long Bridge Rd (Long Bridge Road Interpretive Area)
    2:30 p.m. “Pennsylvanians vs. South Carolinians: Uncommon Valor of the Common American Soldier” – an NPS Ranger-led walking tour exploring some of the fierce fighting that characterized the Battle of Glendale (Long Bridge Road Interpretive Area)
    3:00 p.m. The Battle of Glendale – an overview tour of the fighting along Long Bridge Rd (Long Bridge Road Interpretive Area)
    4:00 p.m. “Burying the Fallen” – A Tour of Glendale National Cemetery, the final resting place for many of the Union soldiers killed during the battles of Glendale and Malvern Hill (Visitor Center)
    4:30 p.m. The Battle of Glendale – an overview tour of the fighting along Long Bridge Rd (Long Bridge Road Interpretive Area)
    4:45 p.m. “Taps Over the Battlefield: A Salute to the Soldiers” at Glendale National Cemetery (Visitor Center)
    5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. “Music Around the Campfire” – songs from home and the battlefront will be performed by members of the 26th North Carolina Fife and Drum Corps (Willis Church)
    6:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.“Opportunity Lost: The Final Confederate Push at Glendale Falls Short” – a two-part real time walking tour beginning at the Whitlock Farm and finishing along the Willis Church Road corridor (Long Bridge Road Interpretive Area)

    Sunday July 1
    8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. “In the Footsteps of History: the March to Malvern Hill” – Union and Confederate soldiers recreate the march between the two great battlefields. March departs from Glendale Visitor Center and ends at the Parsonage.
    10:30 a.m. – 11:15 p.m.“In Camp and on the Battlefield: Civil War Musicians Sound the Call” – the 26th NC demonstrates calls used by the armies to communicate in camp, on the march, and across the battlefield. (Parsonage)
    11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.“The Role of Artillery, Infantry, and Sharpshooters at Malvern Hill” – an NPS Ranger-narrated demonstration of the tactics utilized by each element of the army (Malvern Hill)
    12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.“A Modern General’s View of Leadership During the Seven Days” – Brig. Gen. John Mountcastle USA (Ret.) (Malvern Hill)
    2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.“The Battle of Malvern Hill: A Breakdown in Leadership and Communications: a Recipe for Disaster” — From cannon fire to infantry attacks, this program will be a unique interplay of narration by an NPS park ranger and living history demonstrations illustrating how the battle unfolded. (Malvern Hill)
    3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.“The Union Defenders of Malvern Hill” – an NPS Ranger-led walking tour exploring the Union front line during the battle (Malvern Hill)
    4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. (also at 10:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m.)“Stonewall Jackson’s Artillery at Malvern Hill: One Confederate Perspective” – a walking tour and demonstration of the Confederate artillery position at the Poindexter Farm, in partnership with Henrico County (Jackson’s Artillery Area)
    5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.“’It was not war — it was murder’ – Southern Valor vs. Union Firepower” – NPS Ranger-led walking tours that follow in the footsteps of the attacking Confederates. Meet at the Confederate artillery position to follow Gen. Magruder’s attack; meet at the Parsonage to follow Gen. D.H. Hill’s. As the two groups converge, experience the challenge of coordinating these assaults.
    7:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. “Malvern Hill Brings an End to the Seven Days Battles” – a special evening discussion with NPS Historians Frank O’Reilly and Robert E.L. Krick (Malvern Hill)
    8:00 p.m. “Taps Over the Battlefield: A Salute to the Soldiers” (Malvern Hill)

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June 20th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

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Living history demonstrations, ranger-guided tours, and commemorative programs highlight this interactive weekend event commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gaines’ Mill this Saturday and Sunday, June 23 & 24.

FULL SCHEDULE

    Ongoing all weekend 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • A demonstration of the innovative use of balloons during the Civil War
    • Living history programs and demonstrations of life and activities in camp and on the battlefield in June 1862
    • Interactive family and children’s activities
    • Visitor orientation and interpretation near the shuttle stop around the Watt House
    • At the nearby Cold Harbor Visitor Center, NPS Ranger orientation, exhibits and maps

    Saturday, June 23
    10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. “Civilians Caught in the Maelstrom: The Story of Sarah Watt and Other Hanover Civilians” – an NPS Ranger-led walking tour of the Watt House area (Near Watt House)
    11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. “The Confederates Break Through: the Battle of Gaines’ Mill” – an NPS Ranger-led talk illustrated with living history infantry, artillery, and cavalry demonstrations (Tactical Demonstration Area)
    Noon – 12:45 p.m. “Gaines’ Mill Through the Soldiers’ and Civilians’ Eyes” – an NPS Ranger-led walking tour with historic vignettes offered by military and civilian living historians (Visitor Information Tent)
    1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. “The Confederates Break Through: the Battle of Gaines’ Mill” – an NPS Ranger-led talk illustrated with living history infantry, artillery, and cavalry demonstrations (Tactical Demonstration Area)
    2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. “Gaines’ Mill Through the Soldiers’ and Civilians’ Eyes” – an NPS Ranger-led walking tour with historic vignettes offered by military and civilian living historians (Visitor Information Tent)
    3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. “Reconnaissance from Above: Balloons in the Civil War” – demonstration of the use of balloons during the summer of 1862 (Balloon Demonstration Area)
    4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. “The Confederates Break Through: the Battle of Gaines’ Mill” – an NPS Ranger-led talk illustrated with living history infantry, artillery, and cavalry demonstrations (Tactical Demonstration Area)

    Sunday, June 24
    11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. “The Battle of Gaines’ Mill: Lee’s First Victory” – an NPS Ranger-led walking tour overview (Visitor Information Tent)
    Noon – 12:45 p.m. “The Confederates Break Through: the Battle of Gaines’ Mill” – an NPS Ranger-led talk illustrated with living history infantry, artillery, and cavalry demonstrations (Tactical Demonstration Area)
    1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. “Reconnaissance from Above: Balloons in the Civil War” –demonstration of the use of balloons during the summer of 1862 (Balloon Demonstration Area)
    2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. “Gaines’ Mill Through the Soldiers’ and Civilians’ Eyes” – an NPS Ranger-led walking tour with historic vignettes offered by military and civilian living historians (Visitor Information Tent)
    3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. “The Confederates Break Through: the Battle of Gaines’ Mill” – an NPS Ranger-led talk illustrated with living history infantry, artillery, and cavalry demonstrations (Tactical Demonstration Area)

Gaines’ Mill Unit, Richmond National Battlefield Park
6283 Watt House Road, Mechanicsville 23111
Parking available at Cold Harbor Visitor Center, 5515 Anderson-Wright Dr)

My dad is leading our family on a tour of the Seven Days Battle this Saturday, following the movements of one of our ancestor’s regiments, so I expect a stop at Gaines Mill will be on my agenda!

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April 5th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

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Save a spot on your calendar next Saturday, April 14, for the Third Annual Civil War and Emancipation Day.

As the country commemorates the 150th anniversaries of the Civil War and Emancipation, Americans are looking for opportunities to learn about the conflict that divided our nation. On April 14, The Future of Richmond’s Past will host the third annual Civil War and Emancipation Day, a day of special events with free entry into nearly 30 local sites and attractions, and free shuttle bus transportation between the sites from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. From discussions with leading Civil War scholars to guided tours of historic Richmond sites, cannon firings to children’s games, song and dance performances to canal boat rides, Civil War & Emancipation Day provides a wonderful opportunity to explore Confederate, Union and African-American history as well as history about life on the home front during the war.

Additional activities include a marketplace, special exhibits, and mingling with historic interpreters. Guests will have the opportunity to visit attractions such as the Virginia Capitol, Museum of the Confederacy and White House of the Confederacy, Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, Valentine Richmond History Center, and American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, the first museum in the U.S. to explore the war through three interwoven perspectives: Union, Confederate and African-American. Guided tours of the Richmond Slave Trail will be available. More information about the day’s events and participating organizations can be found at civilwar.emancipationday.net.

A grid listing the full schedule of activities can be found here.

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