What we're about

This group was founded to visit American Civil War sites and events in the mid-Atlantic region with a focus on Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Our goals are to have fun and learn more about history. Other goals are to assist in preserving history and exercising through hiking. The founder of this group has experience volunteering at National Park Service units, attending Civil War Reenactments, and visiting smaller Civil War sites. The group will visit all type of sites. The group will also attend reenactments and other living history events that attempt to bring history to life. This group will attempt to highlight events that do not often make main stream travel sites.

Anyone can join this group for free, whether you be an amateur historian, just wanting to learn, or even a Rebel or Yankee.

Check out the video below from American Battlefield Trust to appreciate how extensive learning about the Civil War can be. This video is also good to see how some of the major events piece together.

https://youtu.be/ZmxfJqxwVIs

Upcoming events (5+)

Battle of Second Manassas (Bull Run) - Hike and Driving Tour

Brawner Farm Interpretive Center

The Battle of Second Manassas (Second Bull Run) was a major battle of the American Civil War fought on August 28-30, 1862. The Confederates won a solid victory bringing them to the height of their power in 1862 and enabled the Confederates to launch at a campaign into Maryland, which ended in the Battle of Antietam. This event will take place in Manassas National Battlefield Park. The Park's mission is to preserve the battlefield, educate the public, and maintain the nature of the park by honoring the people who experience the battle. This event will start at 12:45pm as a driving tour. The tour will start with a visit to the Brawner's Farm Interpretative Center off Pageland Lane (note this is a different location from the main visitor center). We will than attend the 1:15pm Ranger tour at this location. At 2:00pm, we will start the driving tour. We will cover Brawner's Farm, the Unfinished Railroad Cut, Deep Cut, and Chinn Ridge. I will be providing about two hours of narration in total at these stops. The parking lots that we visit are accessible. However, we will hike a bit at these stops, so please plan for some walking. Note that there is a 400 feet walk from the parking lot to the Brawner's Farm Interpretative Center. This path goes down a hill, but is accessible. If you wish to tour the main Visitor Center museum at Henry Hill or watch the park's 45-minute orientation film every hour on the hour, please arrive early. If you arrive early, let me know as I should be there. If you plan to arrive later than 12:45pm, please leave a comment or send a message. There is no fee for this event and no fee for the park. A well-mannered and leashed dog is welcome on this event. Weather Policy: This event will be canceled in the event of a heavy rain. It will be shorten with a light to moderate rain. https://www.nps.gov/mana/index.htm

155th Anniversary of the Battle of New Market - Reenacment (Saturday)

Virginia Museum of the Civil War

This event will be this group's first attendance at a Civil War reenactment. This will be the largest civil war reenactment of the year in the entire country with over 3,000 reenactors. The Battle of New Market on May 15, 1864 was one of the last major Confederate victories in the Shenandoah Valley and was the only instance in American history where a student body—the VMI Corps of Cadets—participated in a pitched battle. THIS IS A MUST SEE EVENT! It takes place on the actual battlefield, which is currently a State Historical Park. This will be 155th anniversary of the battle. This event occurs every year, the 5-year anniversary are always the biggest. Note some reenactments only occur every 5 years. I will be attending this event as a reenactor and will meet the group at the entrance. The reenactment charges a $10 fee per person for this event, which is payable at the event directly. Note this fee helps to preserve the battlefield. This meetup group does not charge any fees. We will tour the Union camp, Confederate camp, sutler's row (stores), and part of the actual battlefield. The approximate walking distance is 2 to 3 miles. The tour will be from 10am to 12:30pm. The approximate time of the battle is 2:30pm. The event is open to 5:00pm. This event is advertised for two days. Each day will have pretty much the same activities, thus there is little to gain in attending both days. If you plan to arrive later than 10:00am, please leave a comment or send a message. Note the timing of this event is subject to change. The time of the battle is often changed for no reason at all or due to weather. If the times are changed, I will notify the group. No matter what happens, the reenactment is always open and I will make time for this group. This event is good for kids, though there is walking involved and you are open to the elements. Weather Policy: This event will be canceled if the Reenactment Organizers cancels the event. Other Policies of Reenactment Organizers: No pets are allowed at this event with the exception of service animals. In the interest of public security, no backpacks will be allowed on the grounds during the reenactment weekend. There are concession stands available on-site or bagged lunches are allowed. https://www.vmi.edu/museums-and-archives/virginia-museum-of-the-civil-war/the-reenactment/

155th Anniversary of the Battle of New Market - Reenacment (Sunday)

Virginia Museum of the Civil War

This event will be this group's first attendance at a Civil War reenactment. This will be the largest civil war reenactment of the year in the entire country with over 3,000 reenactors. The Battle of New Market on May 15, 1864 was one of the last major Confederate victories in the Shenandoah Valley and was the only instance in American history where a student body—the VMI Corps of Cadets—participated in a pitched battle. THIS IS A MUST SEE EVENT! It takes place on the actual battlefield, which is currently a State Historical Park. This will be 155th anniversary of the battle. This event occurs every year, the 5-year anniversary are always the biggest. Note some reenactments only occur every 5 years. I will be attending this event as a reenactor and will meet the group at the entrance. The reenactment charges a $10 fee per person for this event, which is payable at the event directly. Note this fee helps to preserve the battlefield. This meetup group does not charge any fees. If you plan to arrive later than 10:00am, please leave a comment or send a message. We will tour the Union camp, Confederate camp, sutler's row (stores), and part of the actual battlefield. The approximate walking distance is 2 to 3 miles. The tour will be from 10am to 12:00pm. The approximate time of the battle is 1:00 pm. The event is open to 5:00pm. This event is advertised for two days. Each day will have pretty much the same activities, thus there is little to gain in attending both days. This event is good for kids, though there is walking involved and you are open to the elements. Note the timing of this event is subject to change. The time of the battle is often changed for no reason at all or due to weather. If the times are changed, I will notify the group. No matter what happens, the reenactment is always open and I will make time for this group. Weather Policy: This event will be canceled if the Reenactment Organizers cancels the event. Other Policies of Reenactment Organizers: No pets are allowed at this event with the exception of service animals. In the interest of public security, no backpacks will be allowed on the grounds during the reenactment weekend. There are concession stands available on-site or bagged lunches are allowed. https://www.vmi.edu/museums-and-archives/virginia-museum-of-the-civil-war/the-reenactment/

Battle of South Mountain - Hike and Driving Tour with Washington Monument

Washington Monument State Park

South Mountain State Battlefield seeks to preserve and interpret the first major Civil War battle to take place in Maryland. Some of this battlefield is located within South Mountain State Park. Fought on September 14, 1862, the Battle of South Mountain was a critical turning point in the American Civil War. Three pitched battles were fought for possession of three South Mountain passes: Crampton's, Turner's, and Fox's Gaps. The Union victories at South Mountain and Antietam (fought three days later) led President Abraham Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation. The state battlefield, located along the gaps of South Mountain, includes valuable farm and forestland, and is home to diverse wildlife. Only here does the Appalachian National Scenic Trail intersect a major Civil War battlefield. This event will start at 9:00am as a driving tour. The tour will start with a visit to the museum of South Mountain State Park. We will than hike up to the top of Washington Monument. At 10:00am, we will start the driving tour. We will cover all three gaps where the battle was fought. I will be providing about two hours of narration in total at these stops. This tour will last until about 2:00pm. We will take a break to each lunch, bring a bagged lunch or we can stop somewhere to grab a meal. If you plan to arrive later than 9:00am, please leave a comment or send a message. The parking lots that we visit are accessible. However, we will hike about a mile at each stop, so please plan for hiking. There is a small fee ($5 per car) to enter this park. This meetup does not charge a fee. A well-mannered and leashed dog is welcome on this event. Weather Policy: This event will be canceled in the event of a heavy rain or a thunderstorm. It will be shorten with a light to moderate rain. https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/western/southmountain.aspx https://www.battlefields.org/learn/civil-war/battles/south-mountain

Past events (3)

Battle of First Manassas (Bull Run) - Driving Tour

Henry Hill Visitor Center

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