Schedule for 2019

Events and activities are free unless otherwise noted. Details for specific events will be posted as they develop.  Please sign up for our email mailing list to insure that you are notified of all event details.

Gracie and Lacy Concert: Great American Songbook

Date: Sunday, April 28, 2 PM

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Gracie and Lacy Concert: Great American Songbook

Date: Sunday, April 28, 2 PM

155th Anniversary of the Battle of  the Wilderness

Date: Saturday, May 4 and Sunday May 5

Time: 10 AM to 5 PM

Where:  Ellwood Manor


Friends of Wilderness Battlefield is pleased to host a special Living History event to mark the 155th anniversary of the Battle of the Wilderness on Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5. This will be an interactive weekend marked by the opportunity for the public to get up close and personal with living historians who portray famous participants in the battle, including Union General-in-Chief Ulysses S. Grant, army commander George G. Meade, one of the army’s infantry corps commanders Gouverneur K. Warren and Union Cavalry Corps commander Philip H. Sheridan.

Living historians representing President Abraham Lincoln, Secretary of War Edwin Stanton and General Grant will replicate a Council of War held in March, 1864 shortly after Grant returned to Washington, DC from his first visit with Meade and his army near Culpeper, VA. Stanton suggested that sculptor John Rogers depict the scene in which Grant proposed his plans for the upcoming campaign that began with the Battle of the Wilderness. The sculpture was called “The Council of War.” This vignette will occur at 1:00 PM and possibly at other times throughout the day depending upon interest.

 Mother’s Day Tribute at Ellwood

Date: Saturday, May 11

Time: 11 AM and 2 PM


Please join Friends of Wilderness Battlefield as we read aloud from letters written by Civil War soldiers to their mothers, wives, and grandmothers as a special Mother’s Day tribute. Readings will take place at 11:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. The programs will last about 30 minutes.

Visitors can enjoy live Civil War era music played by Evergreen Shade, who will perform between programs.