I mentioned the Petersburg National Battlefield 150th events in an earlier post. But let me revisit that, as the park now has more details for the programs through the summer along with a nice PDF version of the visitors guide for advance reading: Petersburg 150 – May to September, 1864 – Overland to Siege.
The guide is consistent in layout and content to those offered for earlier Overland Campaign events at Fredericksburg-Spotsylvania and Richmond. But some modifications to the event groupings are required to best relate the nature of the siege operations. Several additions to the schedule worth noting. Particularly the real-time interpretation of the 1st Maine Heavy Artillery assault on Petersburg, timed to Wednesday, June 18. That regiment lost 632 men of 900 on that day.
As related earlier, Richmond National Battlefield Park shares in these siege events. One event of note, is a series of programs running September 27-30 focusing on the battles around Fort Harrison and New Market Heights.
But the summer of 1864 was not all about the siege at Petersburg and Richmond. Looking over to the Blue Ridge, the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields web page offers a plateful of events to consider. I’ll highlight a few here, with emphasis on the “real-time” events for which I have a liking:
- July 18 – “150 Years Ago…On This Day” Battlefield Tour – The Battle of Cool Spring.
- July 19-20 – 150th Commemoration of the Second Battle of Kernstown.
- July 20 – “150 Years Ago… On This Day” Battlefield Tour – Rutherford’s Farm.
- July 24 – “150 Years Ago… On This Day” Battlefield Tour – Second Kernstown.
- August 2 – 2014 Sesquicentennial Conference: “1864 Shenandoah Campaign and the Burning”
- September 3 – “150 Years Ago… On This Day” Battlefield Tour – Berryville.
- September 19 – Bus tour and “150 Years Ago… On This Day” Battlefield Tour of Third Winchester.
- September 22 – “150 Years Ago … On This Day” Battlefield Tour – Fisher’s Hill.
A lot of events getting us to the end of September. More to follow in the fall.