• Thu. Jun 23rd, 2022

History comes to life! Alexandrians invited to Civil War Camp Day on June 18

ByDebra J. Aguilar

Jun 1, 2022
See history come to life on Civil War Camps Day. (Photo courtesy of City of Alexandria)

ALEXANDRIA, VA — If you’re interested in Civil War history, there’s an event that’s perfect for you. On Saturday, June 18, the Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site (4301 W. Braddock Road) is hosting Civil War Camp Day.

The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is an annual tradition, where attendees have the chance to see history come to life. Meet military and civilian reenactors in and around the fort, which is known as the best preserved of the Union forts that were Washington’s Civil War defenses.

The Camp Day program includes camp life activities, infantry and artillery drills and gunnery demonstrations, equipment displays and civilian impressions.

According to a press release, visitors can also see “a U.S. Army Quartermaster’s Tent, a Union Company Surgeon, a Northern Schoolteacher Interpreting 19th Century Education and Pastimes century for children, an exhibition of dioramas of Civil War camps and a soldier in reconstruction. Officers’ Hut depicting the daily routine and living quarters of an officer in the defenses of Washington. ”

Participating re-enactors include the 28th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Co. B.

The 8th Green Machine Regiment Band will perform period music on the Museum lawn at 3 p.m. The ensemble, which uses authentic period instruments, is sponsored by George Mason University.

The suggested donation is $2 per person and $5 for families. The event is weather dependent.

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