Veteran's Day Event Nov. 9 At Sailor's Creek

Published 5:19 pm Thursday, October 31, 2013

Using the terrain where some of the fiercest hand-to-hand fighting took place, Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Historical SP recalls the story of the Battle of Little Sailors Creek, April 6, 1865, in a solemn luminary tour event for the public, Saturday, November 9, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Confederate Overlook.

Visitors will gather at a bonfire before touring in guided groups at 6 and 6:30 p.m., respectively. They will follow a candle lit, one-half-mile looping trail, hearing the voices of living historians speaking out of the wood-shrouded dark, at a series of 10 natural settings along the way.

At the end of the 45-60 minute tour, an anonymous bugler will play taps to signify the completion of the program iteration.

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Historical interpreters, dressed either as Union or Confederate soldiers, will portray the voices of those who can no longer speak for themselves. Other interpreters will represent local civilians who grieved the losses and took on the sad duty of burying the dead left on the battlefield after the war moved on to the west.

This event, one of the largest and the most solemn of the park’s annual cycle of programs is free to the public. Veterans are especially invited.

Visitors are advised to wear comfortable, warm clothing and sure footwear for the tour . Guides, front and rear, will be available for direction and assistance.