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Living history programs set for Wilderness, Spotsylvania 150th

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Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park is pleased to announce its schedule of living history programs as part of the commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battles of Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House.

Living history programs will include participatory elements, encampments, musket and cannon firing demonstrations, civilian impressions, and fife and drum music. These will provide unique and enriching opportunities for visitors to enhance their experience during the anniversary.

Musket fire in the woods of Spotsylvania, Virginia. NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

Musket fire in the woods of Spotsylvania, Virginia. NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

May 3, 2014

Union infantry encampment at Ellwood

Noon: Help Union troops setup camp at an interactive living history program at Ellwood

3:00 p.m.: Tactical and firing demonstration at Ellwood

May 4, 2014

Union infantry encampment at Ellwood

11:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.: Tactical and firing demonstrations at Saunders Field

The 12:00-1:00 p.m. ”Across Saunders Field” program will include living historians (Wilderness Tour Stop 3)

May 5, 2014

12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.: Tactical and firing demonstrations at Saunders Field

May 6, 2014

The 6:00-8:00 a.m. “Sunrise in the Widow Tapp Field” program will include cannon firings. (Wilderness Tour Stop 6)

May 10, 2014

Union infantry encampment near the Landram House site (beyond Tour Stop 3).

Confederate infantry encampment at the East Face of the Salient (Tour Stop 6).

Civilian refugees at the McCoull House Site (Tour Stop 5).

11:30 a.m.: Union and Confederate infantry demonstrations at Laurel Hill  (near Spotsylvania Exhibit Shelter – Tour Stop 1)

12:30-3 p.m.: “Warren and Hancock in Crisis” tour will include living historians (meet at Tour Stop 1, Spotsylvania Exhibit Shelter)

4:00-6:00 p.m.: “Upton Earns His Star” tour will include living historians  (meet at Tour Stop 2)

3:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.: Confederate artillery demonstrations at the apex of the Mule Shoe (near Tour Stop 3)

The 2nd Maryland Fife and Drums Corps will perform concerts at:

Noon and 3:00 p.m.: Tour Stop 1, Spotsylvania Battlefield Exhibit Shelter

6:30 p.m.: Tour Stop 5, McCoull House Lane

–Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park

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