150th Anniversary Events

Outlined below is the information currently available with sponsoring organizations noted in parentheses and links for further detail.

Please refer to the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park site (NPS) for a complete list of events conducted by the National Park Service.  


April 11-12: 2-Day 1864 Winter Encampment Bus Tour:  Guide: Clark B. Hall (FoWB)

May 2: Central Virginia Battlefield Trust  Annual Dinner and Meeting:
Speaker: Gordon Rhea  (CVBT) 

May 2-3: 2-Day Wilderness Battlefield Bus Tour: Guide: Gordon Rhea (FoWB) SOLD OUT 

May 3-4:  Living History Events at Ellwoodongoing 10-5 (FoWB)

  • Military Hospitals during Battle: “Doc Duvall and John Pelletier, well-known historical presenters will engage audiences with descriptions and explanations of the system of medical care in the field of battle especially as it relates to the Battle of the Wilderness.
  • Ancestors’ Tent:  Visitors can hear the stories and view photos of the men and women who lived or fought in the Wilderness area during the time period of May 1864 and the Battle of the Wilderness. Descendants are encouraged to visit the tent to share their stories. Visitors are welcome to come with information to see if their ancestor may qualify for the Heritage Program. Staff will be on hand to answer questions and assist visitors with their ancestry quest. (Sponsored by FoWB’s Heritage Program.)
  • Union Staff Officer:  Bob Broadwater, seasoned historical presenter will interact with visitors regarding the role and duties of the staff officer such as Generals Grant, Meade, or Warren.
  • Sketch Artist: Local artist David Mitchell will explain the role of the sketch artists such as Alfred Waud in reporting the stories of battle to the home front newspapers and magazines.
  • Wet Plate Photographer: Sunday May 4 only: John Milleker, Jr., professional photographer and skilled “wet plate” artisan of Baltimore, MD, will demonstrate and explain the process of Civil War era photography utilized to chronicle the events of the four years of struggle.

May 3-4: Tours of Historic Ellwood Manor: ongoing 10-5 (FoWB

May 2, 3, 4: Re-Enactments (Spotsylvania County Tourism)