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Chatham to Host Civil War Living History Encampment

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from Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park:

FREDERICKSBURG–In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fredericksburg, the National Park Service will be hosting a living history encampment at Chatham from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the weekend of Dec. 8-9.

The program will focus on non-combatants in the Union army and will include impressions such as surgeons, provost guards (military police), headquarters staff, civilian relief workers, engineers, the Signal Corps, and even a former slave.  Impressions are provided by the 1st Federal Division Headquarters reenactment group.

In addition, there will be an individual impersonating poet Walt Whitman, who visited Chatham in the aftermath of the battle, and musical presentations by the 2nd Maryland Fife and Drum Corps.

The Commonwealth of Virginia’s HistoryMobile will be at Chatham throughout the weekend.

The HistoryMobile is a “museum on wheels” specially created for the Civil War sesquicentennial.   It draws together stories from all over Virginia and uses state-of-the-art technology and immersive exhibit spaces to present individual stories of the Civil War from the perspectives of those who experienced it—young and old, enslaved and free, soldiers and civilians.

Many of the exhibits in the HistoryMobile are geared specifically toward children.

The Chatham Living History Program is free to the public, and there is parking on site.

Chatham is located at 120 Chatham Lane in Stafford County, just across the Rappahannock River from downtown Fredericksburg. Simply take Route 3 across the Chatham Bridge and follow the brown National Park Service signs.

For a complete listing of all Fredericksburg-area activities and programs associated with the 150th anniversary of the battle, go to  http://www.nps.gov/frsp/sesquicentennial.htm.

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