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EVENTS 2014-2015


December 2014

Civil War events updated 17-Dec-2014

New For events in 2015:

2    MO Lecture, "Forgotten Warriers: American Indians as Soldiers in the Civil War," at the Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S Lee's Summit Road, Indpendence. 2 pm. Free.
3 MD Lecture, "Stand to It and Give Them Hell: Gettysburg as the Soldiers Experienced It," at the Washington County Library, 100 S Potomac St, Hagerstown. 7 pm. Free.
4 MO Lecture, "Order to be Shot: Military Discipline in Kansas and Missouri in the Civil War," at the Grandview Library, 12930 Booth Lane, Grandview. 6:30 pm. Free.
TN "The Civil War Comes to Travellers Rest," music, dining and theater fundraiser for Travellers Rest Plantation in Nashville. $100.
4 DC Lecture/reception with Chris DeRose and Michael Beschloss, at President Lincoln's Cottage, Upshur Street and Rock Creek Road NW, Washington. 6 pm reception; 6:30 pm lecture. $10 each. Reservations:
VA Lecture, "A Gunner in Lee's Army: The Civil War Letters of Thomas Henry Carter to his Wife," at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond. Noon. $6.
VA Play, "A Civil War Christmas," at the Danville Museum in Danville. Music with audience participation. $15 at the door. Details, reservations: 434-793-5644.
5-6 KS Living history and candlelight tour, "1864," at Fort Scott National Historic Site in Fort Scott. Evening tours by reservation. Call 620-223-0310 after Nov 1.
5-6 TN Holiday open house at the Cravens House on the Lookout Mountain battlefield in Chattanooga. Tours every 30 minutes 6-8 pm. Free.
VA Candlelight tours of the Stonewall Jackson Headquarters (and other museums) in Winchester. 6-8 pm Friday, 3-7 pm. Saturday.
VA Lecture, "Siege of Petersburg: Diversity of Perspective," at the Petersburg National Battlefield Park visitor center. 2 pm. Free with park admission.
VA "Tea and Tidings," Civil War-era tea with living history with talks, carols and treats, at Pamplin Historical Park near Petersburg. 2-3:30 pm. $20.
VA Living history, "Nostalgic Noel," learn about the 1864 Christmas at Pamplin Historical Park near Petersburg. 7-9 pm. Free with park admission.
VA Living history, "Christmas on the Farm" with music, games and demonstrations at the New Market Battlefield. 10 am-4 pm.
6 MD Annual Memorial Illumination at the Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg. Five-mile auto tour opens 6 pm.
6 FL Living history, "A Civil War Holiday," with caroling and refreshments at Fort Clinch State Park in Fernandina Beach. 7-9 pm. Admission is one canned food item per visitor. 904-277-7274.
NC Living history artillery program, "We Kept Our Courage Up," at Fort Fisher State Historic Site in Kure Beach. Programs focus on the first attack on the fort. 10 am-4 pm. Free.
6 NC Living history and open house, "A Civil War Christmas" at the Bentonville Battlefield near Four Oaks. 10 am-4 pm. Free.
6 NC Living history and open house, "Christmas in the Big House, Christmas at the Quarters," 19th-century holidays at Historic Stagville, 2825 Old Oxford Hwy, Durham. Noon-4 pm. Free,
PA "Lee and Ewell at High Tide," full-day indoor program at the Gettysburg MNP visitor center. 8:30 am-4 pm. $105/breakfast, lunch included. Register: 717-339-2148.
PA "An Evening with the Painting," after-hours extended look at the Gettysburg Cyclorama at the Gettysburg NMP visitor center. 5 pm. $20.
6-7 AR Reenactment, "Battle of Prairie Grove," at the Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park. 9 am-5 pm Saturday, 10 am-3 pm Sunday. Battles at 1 pm each day. $5/parking fee. 479-846-2990.
TN Ranger programs, "Battle of the Cedars," part of the Franklin-Nashville action at the Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro. Free.
6-7 TN Civil War Show at the AgExpo Park, 4215 Long Lane, in Franklin. 9 am-5 pm Saturday, 9 am-3 pm Sunday. $8/adult.
6-7 GA Living history, "Victorian Christmas," with the "real" Santa Claus, music and more, at the National Civil War Naval Museum in Columbus. Free.
WV Living history, "Capt. Flagg's U.S. Quartermaster City: Prospects of Peace," at the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. 11 am-4 pm. Free with park admission.
6-7 FL Living history, "Union Garrison," at Fort Clinch State Park in Fernandina Beach. 9 am-5 pm Saturday, 9 am-noon Sunday. $6/vehicle plus $2 fort admission. 904-277-7274.
6-7 MD Victorian Christmas at the Dr. Mudd House Museum near Waldorf. Music, refreshments, living history and more. 11 am-8 pm. $8/adult.
NC Living history, "Christmas in the Carolinas During the Civil War," civilian camps with music and refreshments at Bennett Place State Historic Site in Durham. 10 am-4 pm Saturday, 10 am-3 pm Sunday. Free.
7 PA Christmas Open house at the Rupp House, 451 Baltimore St, Gettysburg. Civil War-era decorations. special exhibits and more. 11 am-3 pm. Free. 717-339-2148.
7 VA Music program and talk at the historic Salem Church, Route 3 and Route 639 west of Fredericksburg. 5:30 pm. Free. 540-373-6122.
7 VA Christmas Open House at the Museum of the Confederacy/Appomattox. Period decorations and Santa. Free admission 10 am-5 pm. Special activities 1-3 pm.
7 VA Living history, "Christmas in Camp," decorations, drills and camp at Historic Blenheim, 3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax. Noon-4 pm. Free. 703-591-0560.
9 NC Holiday Open House at Fort Fisher State Historic Site in Kure Beach. Living history, refreshments and period music. 10 am-4 pm. Free.
10 MO Panel discussion, "1864: The Year of Decision?" at the Kansas City Public Library, 14 W 10th St, Kansas City. 6:30 pm. Free.
10 GA Lecture, "Technology in the Civil War," at Heritage Sandy Springs, 6110 Bluestone Road, Sandy Springs. 7 pm. Free.
10 VA Talk, "Battle of Staunton River Bridge," at the Museum of the Confederacy in Appomattox. 12:15 pm. Free with museum admission.
11 VA Lecture, "Recollections of the Crater," at the Museum of the Confederacy/Appomattox. 6:30 pm refreshments, 7 pm talk. $5.
11-12 VA Living history, "St. Nick at Endview Plantation," in Newport News. An 1861 Christmas and Santa Claus. Participants bring two toys, one for their child, another for donation. 5-7 pm. $3.
13 MO Luminary driving tour at the Wilson's Creek National Battlefield near Springfield. Annual event with 2,539 luminaries and living history. 5:15-9:30 pm. Free.
TN Citywide commemoration of the Battle of Nashville. Includes living history and other programs at Fort Negley, Shy's Hill, Travellers Rest and other Nashville sites.
GA Reenactment, "150th Winter Muster" exact date anniversary of the orders to attack Fort McAllister at the Fort McAllister Historic Park near Richmond Hill. Living history camps 9 am-4 pm. Battle at 5 pm. Free with park admission. 912-727-2339.
13 NC Living history and open house, "Home for the Holidays" at the CSS Neuse Interpretive Center in Kinston. Christmas at home and in the field. 10 am-5 pm. Free.
13 MD Museums by Candlelight in Frederick County. Music, living history and demonstrations. Programs begin at noon.
13 MD "'Tis the Season," special tours and refreshments at the Surratt House Museum in Clinton. noon-4 pm. Free.
13 VA Christmas Open House at Historic Sandusky, 757 Sandusky Drive, Lynchburg. Civil War Santa, music, refreshments. 1-5 pm.
13 VA Civil War Christmas Dinner at the Plumb House Museum, 1012 W Main St, Waynesboro. 6 pm. $25. 540-943-3943.
13 VA Living history at Endview Plantation in Newport News. Regular admission includes camp and holiday decorations in house. 10 am-5 pm.
13 VA Lecture, "The Gale that Sank the Monitor," at the Mariners' Museum in Newport News. 2:30 pm. Free with museum admission.
13 VA "Holidays at Liberia," at Liberia, a Civil War headquarters building in Manassas. $15. Times, details:
13 VA Living history, "Christmas in Camp," camps, period decorations and more at Fort Ward in Alexandria. $2.
13-14 FL Reenactment, "Battle of Fort Pierce," at the Savanna Recreation Area, 1400 Midway Road, Fort Pierce. Camps open 9 am-4 pm each day. $5/adult.
13-14 VA Anniversary walking tours and more in Fredericksburg. NPS-led walking tours Saturday covering Chatham/Upper Pontoon site at 8 am, Slaughter Pen Farm at 10 am, Prospect Hill at 1 pm, and Marye's Heights at 3:30 pm. Annual Irish Brigade walking tour Sunday at noon followed by program at Kirkland monument. Free.
13-14 VA Antebellum Saint Nicholas program at the Sailor's Creek Battlefield Historical Park near Amelia. 10 am-5 pm Saturday, noon-5 pm Sunday. 804-561-7510.
14 VA Holiday open house at the Dabbs House Museum, 3812 Nine Mile Road in Henrico. Explore Civil War Christmas traditions and refreshments with a period Santa Claus. 2:30-5 pm. Free. 804-652-3409.
14 VA Christmas open house at the Miller-Kite House (Jackson headquarters), 310 E Rockingham, Elkton. Living history, music, refreshments and more. Noon-4 pm. Free. 540-578-3046.
16 TN Book talk and signing, "The Lost Papers of Confederate General John Bell Hood," at Historic Travellers Rest in Nashville. 5:30 pm. Free.
TN Author talk and book signing reception, Ed Bearss at Traveller's Rest in Nashville. 7 pm. $20.
TN "Attack and Defense at Shy's Hill," monument dedication and ceremony, 4917 Benton Smith Road, Nashville. 3 pm. Free.
16 TN Lecture, "African-American Civil War Memorial," at Fort Negley, 1100 Fort Negley Blvd, Nashville. 1 pm. Free. 615-862-8470.
16 MD Lecture, "Turning Lincoln's Vision into Law: John Bingham and the Fourteenth Amendment," at Alfrio's Trattoria, 4515 Willard Ave, Chevy Chase. 5:30-8:30 pm. $35/with dinner, $15/lecture only.
18 VA Court End Christmas in Richmond. Annual event includes music and more at the Museum of the Confederacy and other nearby historic attractions. Noon-5 pm. Free.
19-20 GA Candle Lantern Tours, including living history and night firings, recreates wartime Christmas at the Fort Pulaski National Monument near Savannah. Tours every half hour 6-8:30. $10. Reservations: or 912-786-5787 extension 120.
20 GA Talk, "I present to you... a Christmas gift, the city of Savannah," at the Chickamauga NMP. 2 pm. Free.
20 PA "Candlelight at the Museum," at the Monterey Pass Battlefield Park and Museum, just off Route 16 west of Blue Ridge Summit. 7-9 pm. Free. Donations welcome.
VA Talk, "The Last Christmas in the Confederate White House," at the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond. Noon. Free with museum admission.
VA "Candlelight at the Museum," at the Monterey Pass Battlefield Park and Museum, just off Route 16 west of Blue Ridge Summit. 7-9 pm. Free. Donations welcome.
VA "A Blue and Gray Christmas" in Gordonsville. Includes period church service at historic Gordonsville Presbyerian, walking tours, lving history, film showings and more. 4:30-10 pm. $5/person, $8/couple.
VA Living history, "19th-Century Christmas at Ellwood," at Ellwood Manor, a Union headquarters during the Battle of the Wilderness just off Route 20 near Route 3 west of Fredericksburg. 10 am-5 pm. Free.
VA Walking tour, "Fort Boykin," Confederate James River fort, 7410 Fort Boykin Trail near Smithfield. 3 pm. Free.
VA Civil War Santa at Chatham, an NPS site across the Rappahannock River from Fredericksburg. Plus living history camp, other activities. 1-4 pm. Free.
26 MD Candlelight tour of historic churches in Frederick. Many used as hospitals during the war. 4-9 pm. Free.
Jan 3
TN Anniversary living history and ranger programs at the Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro.
VA Living history, artillery demonstrations at the Petersburg National Battlefield 1-4 pm. Free with park admission.
31 PA General Meade Birthday Celebration at his gravesite in Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave. Philadelphia. Reenactors, ceremony, toast. Reception and tour follows. Noon. $10 suggested donation.