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Enjoy 145th-anniversary tours, programs at The Wilderness

You’re invited by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park to take part in special activities, offered by the park and Friends of Wilderness Battlefield, in commemoration of the 145th anniversary of the Battle of the Wilderness.

The friends group opened Ellwood Manor, a Federal headquarters during the battle, for the season Saturday.

Activities continue Sunday, with walking tours, cannon firings, and living-history presentations on the common soldier and civilians, and a concert.

Here are the particulars:

11 a.m to 5 p.m.: “Uncommon Hardship: Soldier and Civilian in the Wilderness.” Tours and programs featuring musket firing, soldiers’ accoutrements, blacksmithing, cooking at home and on the front, medical practice, domestic demonstrations, and civilian hardships. Ellwood Manor, off State Route 20, about half a mile west of State Route 3.

11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.: “In the Tangle of the Wilderness: An Artillery Nightmare” 30-minute Cannon Firing Demonstration at Ellwood, Route 20.

11 a.m. and 2 p.m. “No Turning Back: Saunders Field” 45-minute walking tour starts at the Wilderness Exhibit Shelter, Wilderness Battlefield tour stop 2, Route 20.

2:30 p.m.: “Songs of Joy and Anguish” concert of secular and sacred music appropriate to the history of Ellwood and the Wilderness Battlefield by the Joysong Chorale, Ellwood Manor, Route 20.

For details, visit the national park’s web site,, and the Friends of Wilderness Battlefield site,

Need more information? Call 540/373-6122 or 540/786-2880.