Moments from the Battlefield and Homefront: An All-Encompassing Civil War Living History Event


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On the weekend of May 6-7, 2017, the National Park Service, in conjunction with multiple living history groups, will host a full-spectrum event covering unique aspects of the Battle of the Wilderness. Depictions of cavalry, artillery, infantry, civilians, and notable leaders will help convey the stories of what happened here before, during, and after the battle. These programs are free and suitable for history buffs and the general public alike. Families are encouraged to interact with the reenactors or pick up a free Junior Ranger activity booklet.

Visitors should come to Ellwood Manor, 36380 Constitution Highway (Route 20), Locust Grove, VA, 22508. Ongoing demonstrations will occur between the hours of 10:00am and 4:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. More detailed information about the units portrayed by the living history organizations and program times is available on the park’s website at:

Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields National Military Park in Northern Virginia was once the bloodiest landscape in North America. Two major Civil War armies clashed in and around Fredericksburg in four pivotal battles within an 18-month span, resulting in 100,000 casualties. The park is the second largest military park in the world and covers four major battlefields and five historic structures. Our dedicated staff works year round to ensure that this important historic and cultural resource is preserved, protected, and interpreted for hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

Ellwood Manor is owned by the National Park Service.  Friends of Wilderness Battlefield is pleased to steward the property in partnership with the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.

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