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160th Anniversary Mine Run Program

This collaborative battle anniversary event is made possible by the Friends of Wilderness Battlefield, Eastern National, Emerging Civil War, Battlefield Tours of Virginia, Savas Beatie Publishing, New Hope Baptist Church, the American Battlefield Trust, and Civil War Trails. Three different events at three locations! All are free and open to the public!

Our List of Events

10:00 AM-12:00 PM: Author Signing: Eastern National is hosting an author signing at the Chancellorsville Visitor Center from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM. Author Chris Mackowski is signing his Emerging Civil War book, The Greatest Battle Never Fought: The Mine Run Campaign, November 26- December 2, 1863. Chris may have some of his others books on hand to sign as well. Savas Beatie publisher, Ted Savas, will be present at the signing. This is also in conjunction with “Small Business Saturday” and this makes a great gift idea for the holiday season. Chancellorsville Visitor Center: 9001 Plank Road, Spotsylvania, VA 22553 ********************************************************************** 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM: Mine Run Campaign Talk: A special Mine Run Campaign PowerPoint presentation will happen at the New Hope Baptist Church. Occurring at a special location on the battlefield, the speaker, John Kanaster, of “Battlefield Tours of Virginia ” is presenting a comprehensive talk on the past campaign. He will also give a status update on the battlefield’s current status going into the future. This talk is free and open to the general public.

New Hope Baptist Church: 32250 Old Plank Road, Locust Grove, VA 22508 ***********************************************************************

2:30 PM- 5:00 PM: Payne’s Fam Walking Tour: Savas Beatie publisher, Ted Savas, and fellow colleague Paul Sacra are leading a walking tour of Payne’s Farm. Located at one of the sharpest actions and pivotal moments of the Mine Run Campaign, these two gentlemen will share how they discovered this portion of the battlefield in the early 1990’s and how it was preserved by the American Battlefield Trust. This talk is free and open to the general public. Please dress warm and wear comfortable walking shoes. Limited parking is available at the American Battlefield Trust parking lot with overflow parking across the street at the Zoar Church.

Payne’s Farm: Zoar Road, Locust Grove, VA 22508 Zoar Baptist Church address is : 31334 Zoar Rd, Locust Grove, VA 22508


Absolutely amazing tour today, led by the best of the best! Word has it that the book signing and the presentation at New Hope Baptist Church went well. This FoWB member was all set up at Payne’s Farm for the special tour by Theodore P Savas and it did not disappoint! In fact, it was fantastic! 30 people showed up and totally enjoyed the tour! By the time they got back, it was starting to get dark, and everyone was really cold and happy to get back inside their heated vehicles. It makes me think about those soldiers who didn’t have nice cars with heaters and a warm safe place to go home to 160 years ago! 160 years ago. Indeed, a very special anniversary. We have not forgotten.


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