Living History Weekend Planned At Appomattox NHP

Published 4:48 pm Thursday, September 30, 2010

On October 9-10, Union and Confederate re-enactment groups will be encamped at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.

There will also be a free concert of Civil War music at the McLean House on Saturday evening. Visitors are encouraged to explore the camp and learn about Civil War weapons, uniforms, and soldier life. There will also be presentations on music, medicine, and flags.

Throughout the weekend re-enactors from the Palmetto Battalion and the United States Volunteers will demonstrate military drill and fire historic weapons. The highlight each day at 3 p.m. will be a re-enactment of the Stacking of Arms ceremony on the historic stage road where the Confederate army laid down its arms. Appomattox was the only place where Confederate troops surrendered their arms at the end of the war in an official ceremony.

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Guest speaker Joe Long will present his program, “Bold Banners Furled, South Carolina Battle Flags” on Saturday at 4 p.m. and again on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Although standard entrance fees apply during the day, on Saturday at 6:15 p.m., the park will host a free concert by the 97th Regimental String Band at the McLean House. This group has performed a variety of Civil War period music at historic sites throughout the United States. Visitors arriving after 5:00 p.m. on Saturday will admitted for free and are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chairs for the concert.

The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Appomattox Court House National Historical Park is located on Highway 24, three miles east of Appomattox. The park is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (until 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 9). Admission to the park is $3 per adult or $5 per vehicle, visitors 15 years or younger are free.

Specific questions about the event should be directed to Bert Dunkerly at 434-352-8987 ext. 31 or