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Frederick, Md. – The Battle of Antietam
Sep 23 @ 12:00 pm – Sep 26 @ 12:00 am

A Weekend Warrior Program with Tom Clemens from Frederick, Md.  Tom Clemens presents a Weekend Warrior program: The Battle of Antietam from Frederick, Md. Robert E. Lee had routed the Union army from the gates of Richmond and northern Virginia, vanquishing two Union commanders in the process. Now with his first raid into the north he intended to make inconvenient noise just before the Federal congressional elections. That had resulted in great risks and returns with the capture of over 12,000 Federals at Harpers Ferry. Now the challenge would be to magnify those gains. On the banks of Antietam, Lee would find he had miscalculated in a battle that would be the bloodiest in American military history. It also gave Lincoln a victory he needed to declare his intention to issue one of history’s greatest documents–The Emancipation Proclamation.  Contact BGES or visit or call (434) 250-9921 about The Battle of Antietam.

Angola Ind. – Civil War Days and Timeline Event, from Revolutionary War to Present
Sep 23 @ 6:00 pm – Sep 25 @ 10:00 pm

There will be a Civil War battle Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.. Artillery and cavalry bounties. Battle: 1st Battle of Bull Run. Sponsored by Angola Parks Department and the surrounding American Legion posts. Hosted by Interactive Heritage History Group Inc. For more information visit http:// or call Tom Frederick @ 260-665-5338 or cell phone 260-316-4676 We also need Revolutionary and 1812 War re-enactors.

Blountville, Tenn. – The 2016 Battle of Blountville Civil War Reenactment
Sep 23 @ 6:00 pm – Sep 25 @ 8:00 pm

This event takes place at Historic Blountville, Tenn. Step back in time with reenactors at this award-winning event as they perform continuous living history demonstrations including infantry, mounted cavalry, artillery drills and full-scale reenactments of the Battle of Blountville. Battles will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Period Civil War music will be heard throughout the weekend. School days activities will take place on Friday, along with a ladies tea and Civil War ball on Saturday. Event is hosted by the Battle of Blountville, Civil War Military Park and Reenactment Committee in conjunction with Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism. For more information, call the office (423) 323-4660 or Ric Dulaney at (423) 863-5247.

September 24, 2016 – Zurko’s Chicagoland’s National Civil War & Military Extravaganza
Sep 24 – Sep 25 all-day

Show Hours: 9am to 4pm/ $9  Early Buyer’s 8am/ $25

  • 1000’s of Civil War Treasures, Revolutionary War, Spanish-American War, Indian Wars, Mountain Men, Bowie Knife, Fur Traders AND World Wars I and II Memorabilia.

Dupage Co. Fairgrounds

2015 W Manchester

Wheaton, IL 60189



Petersburg, Va. – Harvest Tea on the Lawn @ Tudor Hall Plantation
Sep 24 @ 12:00 pm – Sep 25 @ 12:00 am

Come for a quiet afternoon under the trees at Tudor Hall Plantation. Have a taste of 19th century life with gourmet teas and period-style treats. Enjoy an in-depth tour of the inner workings of life in an authentic plantation home. Learn the ins-and-outs of period etiquette and details about family life during the Civil War era. Rain or shine. Outdoor events will be modified in case of inclement weather. Reservations required. For information visit or call (804) 861-2408.

Wizard of the Saddle
Sep 28 @ 12:00 pm – Oct 6 @ 12:00 am

Join A. Wilson Greene and a group of renowned Civil War experts to explore the campaigns of the “Wizard of the Saddle.” Highlights include guided tours of Ft. Henry, Ft. Donelson, Shiloh, Ft. Pillow, Johnsonville, Helena and Arkansas Post. Tour begins and ends in Nashville, with overnight stays in Nashville, Corinth, and Memphis. For information visit or call (804) 861-2408.

Oct. 1 – 2, 2016 – Ararat, VA – 2016 Annual Civil War Reenactment and Living History
Oct 1 – Oct 2 all-day

Begins at 9:00 am daily, Battle scenes both days,  1800’s fashion show, Saturday night dance, candlelight tour, Sunday morning church service, string music, food vendors, Civil War sutlers, and much more. This year commemorates the wounding and death of Major General J.E.B. Stuart 152 years ago. 1091 Ararat Highway, Ararat VA,, 276-251-1833, 276-694-6429, Check us out on Facebook!

Columbus, Ky. – Civil War Days at Columbus-Belmont
Oct 7 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 10 @ 10:00 pm

The weekend will include battle reenactments, living history, and encampments. Friday is “education day”.  Schools, scouts, groups and clubs are encouraged to schedule field trips.  Battles will be held at 2 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday featuring skilled reenactors bringing history back to life.  Battles are narrated. There will be a Ghost Walk on Friday evening through the historic earthworks and a Civil War Ball on Saturday night featuring The 52nd Regimental String Band. Sunday morning services led in period style by Rev. Alan Farley followed by a memorial ceremony at Columbus Cemetery. Sutlers and food vendors will be on site to serve the needs of the reenactors and visiting guests. Cavalry and artillery by invitation, all infantry welcome.  Straw, wood, powder ration, and a meal will be provided to reenactors.  There is no registration fee or admission charge.   For more information and pre-registration of sutlers and reenactors, please call Park Office (270-677-2327) or email or KY State Parks website  –  The event is sponsored by Columbus-Belmont State Park, Hickman Co. Judge Executive/Fiscal Court & Civil War Days Committee.

Norskedalen, Wis. – Civil War Immersion Weekend @ Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center
Oct 8 @ 12:00 pm – Oct 10 @ 12:00 am

Civil War Reenactors of Company B, 2nd Wisconsin et. al. bring history to life during the Civil War heritage weekend held on the grounds of Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center, near Coon Valley. Both Saturday and Sunday features drills, skirmishes and demonstrations. The event will also feature demonstrations of life in 1863 in their authentic setting. $7 adults, $4 child, age 5-17, family $18 parents with children under 18, Members complimentary. For more information visit or email

Bristow, Va. – Battle of Bristoe Station Anniversary Weekend and Luminary @ Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park
Oct 15 @ 3:00 pm – Oct 16 @ 8:00 pm

Battle of Bristoe Station Anniversary Weekend and Luminary 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daytime demonstrations, Evening Luminary begins at 5 p.m.; free, $5 suggested donation  Join Battlefield Park staff for the 153nd Anniversary of the Battle of Bristoe Station. Tour a Civil War encampment, watch artillery firing demonstrations, and tour the site of the third and final battle that took place in Prince William County. On Saturday evening, visit the battlefield for a rare treat to see over 2,000 luminary candles for every soldier who died at Bristoe Station.  Living history vignettes will be located across the battlefield and self-guided tours will lead visitors to meet the men and women who made history here.  Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, The parking lot is located off of Iron Brigade Unit Ave., Bristow, Va. 703-366-304

Channahon, Ill. – Dollinger Farms
Oct 15 @ 6:30 pm – Oct 16 @ 8:00 pm

Their Civil War event has grown to one of the best in the state. Over 500 reenactors participate in this annual event. Relive history with President Lincoln, or General Thomas. There are live horses, booming cannons, and a spectacular battle scene. Come experience a piece of American history at our “battlefield.” It’s a weekend you will not want to miss. Battle times are 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Be sure to arrive at least a half hour early to walk up the hill to the battlefield. Tickets are required for the battle and special presentations. They encourage online purchases by offering a discount of $1 off per ticket. Day of the battle price $8 for adults (age 12 and older) $6 for child (age 11 and below).  Reenactors can email for online registration information. Visit for more information.

Harpersville, Ala. – Cotton Picking Celebration & Skirmish @ Old Baker Farm
Oct 22 @ 12:00 pm – Oct 24 @ 12:00 am

Come to Alabama’s oldest active working farm.  Old Baker Farm is located approximately 25 minutes south on Hwy 280 from Birmingham.  All branches invited.  Firewood, hay and water provided.  Powder for artillery and sutlers welcomed.  For more information email Jimmy White at or at 1174 Curt Jarrett Road, Ashville, Al 35953.

Costa Mesa, CA – 32nd Annual West Coast Civil War Conference –
Oct 28 – Oct 31 all-day

“War and Remembrance” hosted by Orange County CWRT and Pasadena CWRT.

11 noted authors and historians will speak on post Civil War topics ranging from General Lee to General Custer, The Road Home, Lost Battlefields, The Civil War in History and Memory and more.

Speakers include Eric Wittenberg, James Hessler, Joan Waugh, Ted Savas, Evan Jones and Jim Stanbery.

Early Bird Rate: $215 till July 31/after $225/ includes 2 banquet dinners/one lunch. Displays, book sales.

Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa Hotel, 3131 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA.

CWRTOC Group reservations: 866-437-5657 – $129/night includes FREE: parking, breakfast for two, WiFi, and shuttle/John Wayne airport.  Rate available pre/post event.  Many nearby activities and attractions.

Registration form & complete info: http//

Or contact Janet Whaley – Pasadena CWRT –

October 28, 29 and 30, 2016 – Knoxville, TN – Fort Dickerson Civil War Weekend
Oct 28 – Oct 31 all-day

Fort Dickerson was built by the federal army in 1863-64 across the across the Holston (now the Tennessee River) from Knoxville to prevent the Confederates from bombarding the city. Sponsored by the City of Knoxville Parks and Recreation Dept. and hosted by the Knoxville Civil War Round Table. The event will include a school day on Friday Oct. 28 and two days of public tours and military demonstrations. Activities include living history campsites, infantry drilling and firing, Civil War medical and surgical exhibit and much more. The fort is just south of Knoxville across the Henley street bridge off Chapman Highway. The address for the fort is 3000 Fort Dickerson Road. For more information, contact Perry Hill at Phone (865)283-1691, e-mail:, or Tom Wright at phone (865)482-1680, e-mail:

Jackson, Tenn. – Grant Suffers a Hard Lesson: Forrest’s West Tennessee Raid and the Holly Springs Raid
Nov 1 @ 12:00 pm – Nov 6 @ 12:00 am

With Parker Hills from Jackson, Tenn.   Parker Hills presents Grant Suffers a Hard Lesson: Forrest’s West Tennessee Raid and the Holly Springs Raid from Jackson, Tenn. When Halleck was brought to Washington, US Grant assumed command of operations along the Mississippi River. Having won fights at Iuka, Corinth and Davis Bridge and with Memphis as a base of supply, Grant began to plan operations to open the river to commerce. Disregarding Halleck’s warnings about his supply lines, Grant advanced to Oxford, Mississippi and brought supply trains past Grand Junction and into Holly Springs. After releasing Sherman to move towards Vicksburg, Grant prepared to move along the Mississippi Central Railroad. Grant would never make it–Nathan Bedford Forrest and Earl Van Dorn would make sure of that. This is part 1 of BGES exclusive nine tour series on the Vicksburg Campaign–it stands alone and is being offered for a third time due to popular demand–don’t miss it.  Contact BGES or visit or call (434) 250-9921 about Grant Suffers a Hard Lesson: Forrest’s West Tennessee Raid and the Holly Springs Raid.

Hamilton, N.C. – 30th Annual Battle of Fort Branch @ Rainbow Banks
Nov 6 @ 1:00 am – Nov 7 @ 4:00 am

The 1st N.C. Volunteers/11th N.C. Troops proudly present the 30th Annual Battle Reenactment of Fort Branch, a well preserved star-shaped Confederate earthen fort on Rainbow Banks overlooking the Roanoke River in northeastern North Carolina. Only 45 minutes east of I-95. Seven original cannons on site. Battles both days at 1:30 p.m. Confederates needed to defend the fort and Federals needed to assault the fort. Registration begins at noon Friday. Usual amenities. Saturday – morning tactical that evolves into 1:30 spectator battle, evening BBQ meal, and dance. Sunday – morning church service and 1:30 spectator battle. All proceeds go to Fort Branch and preservation. Information on Fort Branch – U.S. units – Howard Lee, 108 Regalwood Rd, Greenville, N.C. 27858 (252) 756-3382 email C.S. units – Lee Gordon, 383 St. Mary’s Rd, Hillsborough, N.C. 27278 (919) 732-6986,

Live Oak, Fla. – Raid on the Suwannee River @ Suwannee River State Park
Nov 11 @ 1:00 pm – Nov 14 @ 1:00 am

Original Confederate earthworks nearby located at Suwannee River State Park. Usual amenities, hay, firewood and water on site.  Large shaded area for modern camping. Battles on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday night dance in large open garden in the rear of the Main house. Music by 7lbs of Bacon. Ladies tea in the garden in the rear of the main house.Both sutlers and modern vendors on site.  Restaurants and shopping near by. The site is appx 80 acres, located in Live Oak Fla.  Cavalry contact, George Scott @ 386-292-2566, Artillery preregister in order to receive a bounty by contacting Bob Gomillion, Sulters contact Dean anad Anita Laramore at or  call 904-771-1662.,

Culpepper, Va. – Lee and Stuart, 20/20 Vision in the Civil War?
Nov 17 @ 1:00 pm – Nov 21 @ 1:00 am

With Clark Bud Hall from Culpeper, Va.  Clark Bud Hall presents Lee and Stuart, 20/20 Vision in the Civil War. From Culpeper, Va. BGES welcomes one of America’s foremost preservationists and cavalry experts, Bud Hall, for a program that is singularly intriguing for many reasons. The program examines the unique relationship between Lee and the young JEB Stuart with a day on the Gettysburg Campaign around Aldie and Middleburg, up to Rockville and then over to Lee’s retreat at Hagerstown and Boonsboro to discuss Stuart’s impact on major operations. A stop at Harpers Ferry will set the stage for day two. The second day will cover how Stuart came to earn Lee’s trust with the ride around McClellan and his rendezvous with death at Yellow Tavern. We will then look at his successors and their success at Trevelian Station and ask was he the best man to lead Lee’s cavalry. The final day we will look at Stuart’s potential: We will examine the Brandy Station debacle, the impact of his subordinates like John Pelham and his untimely death at Kelly’s Ford and then his performance as an infantry corps commander at Chancellorsville and finally in his traditional role of screening operations at Todd’s Tavern in May 1864. At program end we will ask if Stuart served his commander well and will debate who was to blame at Gettysburg concluding with a debate on the confrontation between Lee and him on the evening of Day 2 at Gettysburg. This will be fun.  Contact BGES or visit or call (434) 250-9921  about Lee and Stuart, 20/20 Vision in the Civil War.

Gettysburg, Pa. – The 14th Annual President’s Dinner and Grand Ball. @ Hotel Gettysburg
Nov 18 @ 10:30 pm – Nov 20 @ 3:00 am

Mr. and Mrs. John Newbold and Prof. Karen Duffy invite you to two evenings of Remembrance Day elegant dining and dancing. The President’s Dinner and Grand Ball on Friday night will be an 1860s masquerade aall (pre-1865 costumes optional); and, Saturday evening’s ball will be the crystal ball with ladies asked to adorn their attire with white flowers, crystals and/or pearls and gentlemen to wear a white flower boutonniere. Both balls are held at the beautiful ballroom of the historic Hotel Gettysburg. Cocktail reception begins at 5:30 p.m. during which a professional photographer is available. An elegant three-course dinner follows with the famous “Chocolate Frames.” During the elegant grand ball, period music will be provided by the outstanding Dodworth Saxhorn Band. Dancing prompted on Friday evening by Prof. Karen Duffy and on Saturday evening by Susan de Guardiola. For more information visit : or call John at (717) 420-5145 or email

December 2 – 3, 2016 – St. Francisville, LA – A Civil War Christmas
Dec 3 – Dec 5 all-day

The Civil War comes alive at Audubon State Historic Site in St. Francisville, La. On Friday during our School Day preregistered students will learn about Christmas in the Feliciana Parish’s during the Civil War. There will be black powder weapon demonstrations, cannon demonstrations, drilling, life of a soldier, Christmas traditions of the Victorian period, wassail, period games, and more. On Saturday travel back and see a recreation of the sights and sounds of St. Francisville during the Civil War. Throughout the day walk through the soldiers camps and see Living History demonstrations of soldier life. You will hear black powder weapon demonstrations of both rifle and cannons. On Saturday night the plantation comes to life during the Holidays as it shows off its seasonal decorations. Included is our yearly Christmas dance and hot Christmas Punch. We need Confederate Reenactors along with civilians. Crafts and demonstrations are encouraged. Period camping on site allowed through Sunday. We provide firewood and one meal. Preregistration required. Explore the nearby town of Historic St. Francisville one of the oldest towns in Louisiana as they light up for the holidays and hold many activities. For more information please contact the Audubon State Historic Site at 1-225-635-3739.



December 3 – 4, 2016 – Prairie Grove, AR – Battle of Prairie Grove Re-Enactment
Dec 3 – Dec 5 all-day

The Park will commemorate the 154th anniversary of the Battle of Prairie Grove. The battle, fought on December 7, 1862, saw about 22,000 soldiers fighting most of the day, with about 2,700 killed, wounded, or missing.  Every even-numbered year, Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park hosts a battle reenactment.  During the weekend there will be many activities including tours through the Union, Confederate, and civilian camps, various military drills, cooking, spinning, and lace making demonstrations along with other living history programs. “Sutlers Row” features a number of vendors selling 19th century reproduction, books, and souvenirs. The reenactment is held on the actual battlefield near the historic Borden House. Reenactors, contact the park to register. Admission to the event & museum: Free – Parking: $5 per vehicle – Planning meetings: November 4th – Deadline for Sutlers Registration form- To be a part of Sutler Row during the re-enactment. & November 11th – Deadline for Units Registration form – November 18th – Deadline for Individual Preregistration form & $8 – After November 18th only On-site Registration & $10 will be accepted. Registration at the Latta Barn &- Re-enactor camp set – up. –Fri. 2nd – 9 A.M. to Midnight – Sat. 3rd – 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Sun. 4th – 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Contact info: Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, 506 E. Douglas,  Prairie Grove, AR 72753 Phone: (479) 846-2990 Fax: (479) 846-4035 Email: or

December 3, 2016 – Dallas, GA – Christmas at the Cabin
Dec 3 @ 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Saturday, Dec 3, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM, Gather the family and join us at our 1850s log cabin. Help decorate the tree. Civil War soldiers will be home for the holidays. The cabin will be the setting as period reenactors demonstrate farm life, chores, and celebrations of the period. Play with the toys pioneer children would have played with. Cost $3.00 – $5.50.  More info at 770-443-7850.

December 9 – 10, 2016 – Durham, N.C. – Christmas In The Carolinas During The Civil War
Dec 9 – Dec 11 all-day

Friday, December 9th.   During the war both soldiers and civilians tried to celebrate the holiday.  Soldiers would decorate their winter quarter with what they had on hand and looked forward to receiving packages from home.  For southern families the blockade, rising prices, shortages as well as thoughts of their loved ones away from home made celebrating the holiday more difficult.  Bennett Place State Historic Site will give voice to the soldiers and civilians, men and women, attempting to celebrate the holiday with a special event.  There will be guided candlelight tours every 20 minutes around the property.  The tour will take visitors into the field to watch as Union and Confederate soldiers hold a truce and exchange items.  Following that, the tour will take the visitor to the historic Bennett home where they will watch and listen as family members try to prepare food as well as decorate their house and keep the holiday spirit going. Complimentary hot apple cider and cookies will be available at the visitor center. Hours are 6:00pm to 9:00pm Cost: $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for children ages 5-16 Children under 5 – FREE

Saturday December 10th.  10:00am until 5:00pm  Join them as they celebrate the Christmas season at the Bennett Farm. Living historians, Confederate soldiers, and civilians will recreate the atmosphere of the 19th century with a military encampment, cooking and other domestic demonstrations of the era. Ole St. Nick will make a visit to the Bennett Farm for children to come visit with him and share their Christmas Wish Lists. For more information, call (919) 383-4345, email, or

December 9 – 11, 2016 – Fort Pierce, FL – 16th, “Raid On Fort Pierce”
Dec 9 – Dec 12 all-day

Sponsored by The Sons of Confederate Veterans, Pvt. George W. Thomas SCV Camp #1595. Hosted by the 8th Florida Company C and 75th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Location Savanna Recreational Area, 1400 East Midway Road in Fort Pierce. School day help needed on  Friday, Dec. 9th.  Battles Saturday at 2 pm and Sunday at 1pm. Saturday – Ladies’ Tea 11:00 and Ball on Saturday night with refreshments.  We need Cavalry for school day at least and Artillery welcome.  Powder ration for first two Union and Confederated artillery pieces registered. Firewood provided.  We need more reenactors on the field please to keep our event going. This is the best Small event on the east coast of Florida don’t just hear about it be a part of history. Children learn about what the War Between the States was all about, how soldiers and civilians went about every day without the conveniences. If you have a persona and officer impression you would like to talk to the schools we would greatly appreciate your help. Please send me your comments or visit our Facebook Page, Raid on Fort Pierce  Sutlers and reenactor information contact Jim Odell at  772-318-8258. No reenactor Fee Donations Accepted at registration. Awards for best camp, Directions I-95 to exit #126.  This is Midway Road (SR 712).  Go east approximately 5.5 miles to Savanna county Park (park on left side of road).  If traveling from west coast, you can take SR 60 or SR70 to I-95 then travel south to exit #126 and follow above directions.  Modern RV campers with hook up for RV’s (fee charged) call  the Savaannas Recreational Area at 772-464-7855 for reservations and cost.  Hot water showers, laundry and indoor bathrooms. Additional information contact Jim Odell at 772-318-8258.

February 17th – 19th, 2017 – St. Francisville, LA – A Civil War Reenactment-Battle at Oakley Plantation
Feb 17 – Feb 20 all-day

The Civil War comes alive at Audubon State Historic Site in St. Francisville, La. On Friday Preregistered students will learn about life in the Felicianas during the Civil War. There will be Black powder weapon demonstrations, cannon demonstrations, open hearth cooking, drilling, life of a soldier, life on the Homefront, and more. Visitors on Saturday will see a recreation of the sights and sounds of St. Francisville in 1864 during the American Civil War. Throughout the day walk through the soldiers camps and see Living History demonstrations of soldier life. You will hear black powder weapon demonstrations of both rifle and cannons. Saturday will feature a small recreation of the October 1864 skirmish at Oakley Plantation which happened at the park. This is a good chance for reenactors to knock off the dust before the campaigning season opens. Drills planned include School of the Soldier, Skirmish, and Bayonet drills. We need Confederate and Federal Reenactors along with civilians. Crafts and demonstrations are encouraged. Period camping on site allowed through Sunday. We provide firewood and one meal. Preregistration required. Explore the nearby town of Historic St. Francisville one of the oldest towns in Louisiana complete with modern amenities. For more information please contact the Audubon State Historic Site at 1-225-635-3739.