Living History Exhibits, Re-enactment This Weekend
A re-enactment of the Battle of New Market will begin at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. -- Photo courtesy of the Virginia Museum of the Civil War.
NEW MARKET, Va., May 17, 2013 – Some 1,200 Civil War re-enactors are expected to take part in the 149th anniversary re-enactment of the Battle of New Market Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19. The event, held at the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park, is the oldest battle re-enactment in the nation, and one of few held on the original site.
In addition to demonstrating Union and Confederate military tactics and camp activities, historical interpreters will portray civilian life during the Civil War era, including medical treatment, domestic crafts, and agricultural work. These presentations will occur throughout the day Saturday on the battlefield and around the Bushong Farm.
From 9:30 a.m. to noon, the park will offer its first Adventure Camp for children age 7-12. Participants will be invited to explore the Battle of New Market from the perspective of soldiers, civilians, or VMI cadets, learning basic drill maneuvers, eating authentic period food, and playing 19th-century games with prizes.
At 1 p.m., the National Park Service will present “Avenue of Invasion: The Shenandoah Valley in 1863.” The program will be followed by a commemorative re-enactment of the Second Battle of Winchester at 2 p.m.
Activities will continue on Sunday with a Civil War-period church service and living history programs, culminating in the Battle of New Market re-enactment at 1:30 p.m.
Throughout the weekend, visitors may to purchase food provided by community non-profit organizations. The sutler area will offer a range of Civil War period products, as well as items from the General’s Store museum shop. Parking is free.
The event is supported by the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Auxiliary, Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, and Virginia Military Institute Civil War Roundtable.
For more information, call the Virginia Museum of the Civil War at 866-515-1864 (toll free) or 540-740-3101, or visit www.vmi.edu/newmarket.