Civil War 2018

The theme for this year's Civil War Encampment is the Underground Railroad. In addition to the events below, please talk with Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth and Edgar Ashton, Buffalo Soldier, about their experiences during and after the Civil War.

Activites on the grounds are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 21-22.

Onsite food sales will be available. Admission is free, including entry into the Garfield home, where the exhibition Here Come the Brides: 150 Years of Garfield Family Weddings will be on display.

Reenactors looking for more information click here!


The National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom commemorates the stories of the men and women who risked everything for freedom and those who helped them.

Visit the CIVIL WAR JOURNEY/NETWORK TO FREEDOM Tent. You are invited to:

  • Join the ranks of Ohio men and women who lived during the Civil War. Follow their journeys and learn their fates—a great family activity.
  • Earn a Network to Freedom Junior Ranger Badge. Learn about Freedom Seekers and those who helped them with this activity for children five to twelve. Supplies are limited.
  • Find out about Network to Freedom sites in Ohio.

During the encampment the site will be hosting talks in the Visitor Center Auditorium with subjects geared to the Civil War era. Here is a list of topics and times:

Saturday, July 21st

12 p.m. The Underground Railroad and Getting to Know the Network to Freedom Program, Deanda Johnson, NPS National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Midwest Regional Program Manager.

1 p.m. Cornets, Horns & Percussion. . .Oh, My! -Music and Instruments of the Civil War, John M. Hoffman, Jr., Founder and Director, 73rd OVI Regiment Band.

2 p.m. James A. Garfield & The Civil War, Dan Vermilya, NPS Ranger, Eisenhower NHS, Gettysburg, and author (book available in bookstore).
3 p.m. The Union Army’s Best, Curt Fields as General U.S. Grant, Fields and Scott Thomas as General James B. McPherson.

Sunday, July 22nd

12 p.m. William Lloyd Garrison—Abolitionist/Journalist, portrayed by David Walker.

1 p.m. Frederick Douglass—200, Michael Crutcher as Frederick Douglass, with Reggie Murray, NPS Ranger, W. H. Taft NHS as Buffalo Soldier Edgar Ashton.

2 p.m. James A. Garfield & African-Americans, Alan Gephardt, NPS Ranger, JAGNHS.

3 p.m. President Lincoln—Reflections on the Peculiar Institution, Robert Brugler as President Lincoln.

Events on the Grounds
Northeast Ohio Civil War Roundtable Tent
12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
All visitors are welcome to meet with the club’s members and learn about the organization. Special guests will be on hand to tell their Civil War stories and answer questions.

The Music Stage

Celtic Union at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Steve Ball at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Steve Ball at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Celtic Union at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The 73rd OVI Regiment Band
Will raise the flag at 11 a.m., then drill and perform on the Parade Ground at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day. Visit their camp all day to hear their music and tales of army musicians.

The Children’s Camp
Mini-encampment and crafts all day
Drum corps/mini milita starting at 12 p.m. & 2 p.m. each day

The Encampments
Visit Union and Confederate soldiers, officers and artillerymen in their camps. All units will raise the flag at 11 a.m. each day. Drills and firing demonstrations on the Parade Ground are at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. each day.

Let’s Play Cricket! People of all ages are invited to the East Lawn to join Tom Melville in a rousing game of cricket—a sport enjoyed by both Union and Confederate soldiers, and played by James Garfield! Games will be run all day on a continuous, walk-up basis.

Last updated: July 19, 2018

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