Culpeper in the Civil War: 150 Years Ago
The full schedule for August’s 150th anniversary events commemorating Culpeper’s role as the “most marched upon, camped upon, and fought upon” county in the American Civil War, as historian Clark B. Hall puts it:
World Première Reception for “Marching Through Culpeper,” a story of love across the battle lines based on the popular historical novel of the same name. 5–7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 3. Daniel Technology Center, Germanna Community College, Culpeper Campus, with celebrity guests including Dr. James I. “Bud” Robertson Jr., Dr. Frank Stringfellow and J.E.B Stuart IV. Celebrate Virginia Morton’s book’s coming to life onstage, with music, wine, food. $95 includes reception, admission to play’s première with priority seating and intermission dessert buffet. Business or period attire. Questions? 540/825-5549 before 8 p.m. Tickets for the reception can be purchased at the Stellar One Bank’s Lake of the Woods branch until Friday. A limited number will be available at the door of the Daniel Technology Center at 5 p.m. Friday.
Multimedia Première Performance of “Marching Through Culpeper.” 7:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 3. Eastern View High School, 16332 Cyclone Way, Culpeper, Va. 22701. The facility seats 950 and there is plenty of room for those who want to attend the performance only. Advance tickets: adults, $18; under age 18, $9. At door: adults, $20; under 18, $10. Tickets good any performance. No credit cards. Proceeds benefit battlefield preservation. Call 540/825-5549 before 8 p.m. Buy tickets in advance at Stellar One Bank, Main Street, Culpeper or at Stellar One’s Lake of the Woods branch; and Museum of Culpeper History; or online at friendsofcedarmountain.org or marchingthroughculpeperonstage.com.
Walking tour, downtown Culpeper. 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4. Includes locations in the book and stage production “Marching Through Culpeper,” conducted by author Virginia Morton. Start at depot Visitor Center, 111 Commerce St. $10, adults; $5, under 18. Reservations recommended: firstname.lastname@example.org or 540/825-9147. Benefits Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield. friendsofcedarmountain.org.
Civil War encampment at Salubria. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4. Company E of the Chesapeake Volunteer Guards will encamp at Salubria, a 1757 manor house five miles east of Culpeper. The living historians will portray life at this Georgian-style architectural gem after the Battle of Cedar Mountain on Aug. 9, 1862. Re-enactors’ camp visits, free. Tours of Salubria, $10. germanna.org; 540/423-1700. Sponsored by The Memorial Foundation of the Germanna Colonies in Virginia.
Luncheon with Dr. James Robertson at the Inn at Kelly’s Ford. 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4. 16589 Edwards Shop Road, Remington. innatkellys ford.com. After barbecue buffet, the esteemed scholar and Virginia Tech history professor emeritus will speak on the conflict between Confederate Gens. A.P. Hill and “Stonewall” Jackson at Cedar Mountain. Dr. Robertson will sign his newest book, “The Untold Civil War,” published by National Geographic Society. Other activities include cavalry and artillery demonstrations, hay-ride tours of Kelly’s Ford, the war’s most heavily used ford. Silent auction to benefit Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield. Tickets $40; casual attire. Mail checks FCMB, Box 1853, Culpeper, Va. 22701. friendsofcedarmountain.org or 540/825-5549 before 8 p.m.
“Marching Through Culpeper.” 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4, and 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 5. Second and third multimedia performances of of this story of love across the battle lines, based on the popular historical novel. Eastern View High School, 16332 Cyclone Way, Culpeper. See above for ticket prices.
Civil War encampment at Salubria. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4. Company E of the Chesapeake Volunteer Guards will encamp at Salubria, a 1757 manor house five miles east of Culpeper. The living historians will portray life at this Georgian-style architectural gem after the Battle of Cedar Mountain on Aug. 9, 1862. Re-enactors’ camp visits, free. Guided tours of Salubria, $10. germanna.org; 540/423-1700. Sponsored by The Memorial Foundation of the Germanna Colonies in Virginia.
Battle of Cedar Mountain Symposium. 8:45 a.m.–4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9. For the Civil War’s sesquicentennial, six nationally known speakers will explore 1862 battle in Culpeper County where Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson ended Union Maj. Gen. John Pope’s drive on Gordonsville, shifting action from the Virginia Peninsula to Northern Virginia. Daniel Technology Center Auditorium, Germanna Community College, Culpeper.
Topics and speakers:
The Army of Virginia – Todd Berkoff, historian and lecturer
Jackson‘s 2nd Corps and Hill’s “Light Division,” Army of Northern Virginia – Clark B. “Bud” Hall
The Battle of Cedar Mountain – Greg Mertz, Supervisory Historian, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park
One Regiment’s Story, The 10th Maine – Nicholas Picerno, historian and lecturer
The Stonewall Brigade – Jeffrey Wert, author, lecturer and educator
Battlefield Preservation – Tanya Gossett, preservation & compliance coordinator, American Battlefield Protection Program, U.S. Department of the Interior. $45 includes catered lunch; $15 under age 21, under age 12 free. Sponsored by nonprofit Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield Inc., friendsofcedarmountain.org. Mail checks to FCMB, Box 1853, Culpeper, Va. 22701. Contact: Lon Lacey, email@example.com
Evening on the Battlefield: Brass-band music, artillery firing, guided walking tour, lectures and more at Cedar Mountain, on the battle’s 150th anniversary. 6:30 p.m. to dusk, Thursday, Aug. 9. First Class Brass of Warrenton will perform music of the Civil War, including popular ballads. Living historians from Carpenter’s Battery, CSA; Thompson’s Independent Battery “C,” Pennsylvania Volunteer Light Artillery; and 23rd Virginia Infantry will talk with visitors, share exhibits, give artillery demonstrations. These units have appeared in films “Gettysburg” and “Gods and Generals” and on Gettysburg, Antietam battlefields. A closing service will honor those who fought at Cedar Mountain. The public is invited to identify and comment briefly on their ancestors who fought at Cedar Mountain. BRING SEATING. Water will be provided. $10 per-vehicle parking fee. See friendsofcedarmountain.org or call 540/825-5549 before 8 p.m.
Multimedia performance of “Marching Through Culpeper.” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10. Eastern View High School, Culpeper.
Sesquicentennial anniversary weekend, Cedar Mountain battlefield. Friday, Aug. 10, through Sunday, Aug. 12. Living history programs with Carpenter’s Battery, CSA; Thompson’s Independent Battery “C,” Pennsylvania Volunteer Light Artillery; and the 23rd Virginia Infantry continue. Artillery demonstrations in mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Sponsored by Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield Inc.
Living History Walking Tour in downtown Culpeper. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. Sponsored by the Museum of Culpeper History, 803 S. Main St. $10 per person. 540/829-1749. culpepermuseum.com or 540/825-5549 before 8 p.m.
Kelly’s Ford & Stevensburg Tour. 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. Departs from the Graffiti House, 19484 Brandy Road, Brandy Station. Two-hour tour covers the June 9, 1863 ,Union river crossing at Kelly’s Ford, and follows the route of Union cavalry commanded by Col. Alfred Duffie to Stevensburg, where J.E.B. Stuart’s volunteer scout, Capt. William Farley, was mortally wounded. $10 per person. Car caravan; arrive before 10 a.m. Sponsored by the Brandy Station Foundation. The historic Graffiti House will be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday. brandystationfoundation.com.
Multimedia performance of “Marching Through Culpeper.” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. Eastern View High School, 16332 Cyclone Way, Culpeper.
Final multimedia performance of “Marching Through Culpeper.” 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12.