Battle of Gettysburg 150th Anniversary Commemorations

As in previous years, there are two major re-enactments of the Battle of Gettysburg at nearby locations.

On June 28–30, 2013, the Blue Gray Alliance presents the “150th Gettysburg Reenactment”. This features several major re-enactments, speakers and presentations, period music, demonstrations and more. For more information, see

On July 4–7, 2013, the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee presents the “150th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Reenactment”. This re-enactment features several battle re-enactments, field demonstrations, a large living history village and activities tents, guest seakers and a sutler area. For more information, see

At the Gettysburg National Military Park itself, on June 30, there is a commemorative ceremony being held on June 30. During the following week there will also be several interpretive programs going on at the park. See for more information.

There are also a large number of events going on elsewhere. See for more.

Emancipation exhibit at Amistad Center for Arts & Culture

The Amistad Center for Arts & Culture (600 Main St., Hartford, CT) is currently hosting an exhibit, “Emancipation!”, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. More details about the exhibit can be found at Amistad Center for Arts & Culture. The Hartfourd Courant has published an article about the exhibit, “Amistad Exhibit Marks Emancipation Anniversary”, which is worth a read.

“Lest We Forget” conference in Prince William County, Virginia

To mark the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, Prince William County will host its first conference on the cultural and significance of the Emancipation Proclamation on February 21–23, 2013. Entitled “Lest We Forget: A Conference on the Emancipation Proclamation,” it promises to be the first in an annual series of conferences focusing on African American history.

For more information about the conference and registration, see

More Civil War Events Occurring This Weekend (August 18-19, 2012)

See the links given for each event for information such as location, admission, schedule, and the like.

Battle of Lone Jack (Lone Jack, Missouri).

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This major battle re-enactment takes place on the historic Noel property, where Confederate commanders met the night before the Battle of Long Jack. As well as the re-enactment, there will be an interpretive area, a parade, entertainment, and a wreath-laying ceremony at the Union and Confederate monuments in the Soldiers’ Cemetery.

Civil War Weekend: Minnesota in 1862, Historic Fort Snelling (St. Paul, Minnesota)

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This event provides an experience of life on the frontier during the Civil War. Costumed staff and re-enactors perform military drills. There will be equipment and weapons displays and many other activities.

American Civil War Re-enactment, Country Heritage Park (Milton, Ontario, Canada)

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This event features a re-enactment, military camps, period music, and various demonstrations.

Summer Civil War Weekend at Montpelier August 17-19, 2012

This weekend, at James Madison’s Montpelier (Montpelier Station, Virginia) is their annual Summer Civil War Weekend, from August 17 to August 19. Featured are skirmishes, dress parades, and Civil War history, where General Samuel McGowan’s South Carolinians encamped during the winter of 1863-1864. Watch re-enactors use Civil War-era tools and techniques to rebuild the huts once occupied by McGowan’s troops. Also, tour the Gilmore Farm, home of George Gilmore, who was born a slave at Montpelier and emancipated after the Civil War. For more information, see

Civil War Hut Reconstruction at “Montpelier” this weekend

This Saturday (July 21, 2012), at James Madison’s “Montpelier” (at Montpelier Station, Virginia), is a Civil War hut reconstruction.  Re-enactors will be rebuilding the huts occupied by Confederate Brigadier General Samuel McGowan’s South Carolinians, using the same construction techniques. For more information, see

Civil War Re-enactment in Reynoldsburg, Ohio this weekend

This weekend, September 23–24, what is the largest Civil War re-enactment in Ohio takes place in Reynoldsburg, at Civic Park, 6800 Daugherty Drive. This event features re-enactments, cavalry, infantry, artillery and medical camps, and more.

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