Sesquicentennial – 1864/2014
In 1864, the eyes of the world returned to central Virginia as it once again became the decisive battleground of the Civil War. As we embark on this last full year of the sesquicentennial, it is remarkable to ponder that once the armies arrived on Richmond's doorstep in May 1864, they were here until the end of the war. The outcome was far from certain – for the future of the Union, the Confederacy, and four million African Americans.
From May through July, to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Overland Campaign, three national parks – Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, Richmond National Battlefield Park, and Petersburg National Battlefield – are working jointly and individually, and with our partners, to plan a wide range of programs designed to do justice to the people and places connected with the Overland story. In the fall, Richmond NBP and Petersburg NB will coordinate programs to explore the Richmond-Petersburg Campaign.
Beyond those combined undertakings, each park will honor the events individually, with a mixture of scholarly presentations, bus tours, walking tours, education programs, living history demonstrations, and a variety of other anniversary-themed offerings. For battlefield enthusiasts, the opportunity to take "real time" tours, on the actual ground at the precise time of the anniversary, is a special privilege—a modern way of saluting the men who fought there so long ago. Join us as we explore the complex dimensions of the war's fourth year.
Save the Dates!
In the coming weeks, we will begin posting schedules and details of the park's 1864 / 2014 programs. In the meantime, we invite you to mark these key dates on your calendar:
A variety of programs sponsored by the park's partners will offer visitors the opportunity to experience even more of the region's 1864 Civil War story!
We look forward to exploring this multi-faceted story with you throughout 2014!
Did You Know?
Phoebe Yates Pember worked at Chimborazo Hospital as a matron, caring for the sick and wounded. Her memoirs, A Southern Woman’s Story are still in print and are considered to be among the finest pieces of Civil War literature.