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Overland Campaign 150th Anniversary

Ranger tour for Chancellorsville 150th

Park historians will lead several tours and programs, including real-time tours and special commemorative moments.

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Full Schedule of Events

NEW!!! Click here to download the full program of events for the 150th Anniversary of the Battles of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House.
Events, tours, and programs for the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of the Wilderness, May 3-6, 2014

 
Candlight program at Chancellorsville 150th

Our programs will include special commemorative moments to honor the soldiers who fell on our battlefields.

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Program Highlights

Our commemorative programs will feature several special moments that we recommend. For the Battle of the Wilderness, don't miss our opening ceremony at 10am on May 3, the campfire program at 7:30pm on May 4, and our real-time tours on May 5-6.

For the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, we particularly recommend our real-time tours on May 10 followed by our culminating program that evening at 7:30pm. Other highlights include a full day of programming on May 12, along with a 22-hour vigil for the duration of fighting at the famous "Bloody Angle," finishing with a candlelight program at 8pm (the vigil will continue beyond the program into the night). The greatest concentration of programming will be during the long weekend of May 8-12.

We will honor a special Memorial Day this year, with our annual National Cemetery Illumination on May 24, and our annual Memorial Day program on May 26.

 
Cannon firing during the Chancellorsville 150th anniversary

Living Historians will bring the past to life with firing demonstrations and encampments.

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Living History Demonstrations

Living history encampments and demonstrations will enrich our anniversary schedule of events. Catch our full schedule of living history demonstrations.

 
Junior Ranger receiving his badge at Chancellorsville

Children's activities will include the opportunity to earn a Junior Ranger patch.

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Children's Muster

Help your young historian to experience the Civil War with hands-on activities and Junior Ranger booklets at our kids tent for both of our main commemorative weekends--May 3-4 and May 10-11.

Did You Know?

Bloody Angle at Spotsylvania Battlefield

The longest sustained intense fight of the Civil War occured at the Bloody Angle, a slight bend on the west side of the Mule Shoe at Spotsylvania. For up to 20 hours men were engaged in hand-to-hand combat that not even darkness put an end to.