Civil War Weekend 2015

James A. Garfield National Historic SiteNews Release

For Immediate Release—Monday, July 13, 2015

Todd Arrington, PIO (440-255-8722, ext. 238)/e-mail us

Civil War Encampment Weekend Returning to James A. Garfield National Historic Site

For the sixth consecutive year, James A. Garfield National Historic Site will host a Civil War encampment on its Mentor grounds to commemorate and interpret the 150thanniversary of the Civil War. The event will take place at the Site on SaturdayandSunday, July 18-19. The encampment's hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. both days.

To kick off the weekend, the public is invited to a Friday night, July 17, speaker symposium hosted by the Northeast Ohio Civil War Round Table. That event will take place in the Site's visitor center auditorium beginning at 7 p.m.

On Saturday and Sunday, visitors to James A. Garfield National Historic Site will be able to visit the camps of both Union and Confederate reenactors. Soldiers from both sides will provide interpretation of Civil War camp life as well as marching and shooting demonstrations. Civil War cannon and Gatling gun displays will be available for all to see. Civil War music will be presented; on Saturday, July 18 only, the popular Camp Chase Fife and Drums will perform. At 1:45 p.m.both days, the popular "mini-militia" will be held for children who want to be outfitted as Union troops and learn the basics of Civil War marching and drill. A medical tent will be displayed. Notable figures of the period portrayed by reenactors will include: President Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, General Ulysses S. Grant, General William T. Sherman, several of "Lincoln's Generals," and Jefferson Davis.

On Saturday, July 18, parking will be available at James A. Garfield National Historic Site and next door at Faith Lutheran Church. Overflow parking will be down the street at Mentor Office Park, located at 8224 Mentor Avenue, across the street from Mentor Public Library and just a few blocks east of James A. Garfield National Historic Site. A free parking shuttle will be provided between the overflow lot and the Garfield site. OnSunday, July 19, NO parking is permitted at Faith Lutheran Church, so most parking will be at the overflow location at Mentor Office Park. The free parking shuttle will be availableon Sunday as well. Anyone parking in the Faith Lutheran Church lot on Sunday, July19, will be asked to move down to the overflow lot so that the members of the church may use their parking lot for Sunday services and church business.

"We're pleased to bring this event back for the sixth and final year," said Todd Arrington, Acting Site Manager of James A. Garfield National Historic Site. "This has been a wonderful way for us to commemorate President Garfield's Civil War service to the Union and also interpret the Civil War as a whole during the Civil War's 150thanniversary, which ends this year. We're excited to have this last encampment and offer our sincere thanks to all of the wonderful partners that have made this event possible this year and in the past, including: all of our reenactor groups, Faith Lutheran Church, the City of Mentor, the Boy Scouts, Mentor Office Park, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the Garfield family, the local restaurants that have donated food for reenactors, the Friends of James A. Garfield National Historic Site, our dedicated volunteer corps, Lake County RSVP, and many others."

James A. Garfield National Historic Site is located at 8095 Mentor Avenue (U.S. 20) in Mentor, Ohio, approximately 25 miles east of Cleveland. The site offers guided tours of the Garfield home, museum exhibits, and an introductory film. The National Park Service completely restored the house in the late 1990s, making it one of the most impressive presidential homes preserved for the public. For information call (440) 255-8722, write 8095 Mentor Avenue, Mentor, OH 44060, or visitwww.nps.gov/jagaon the Internet. Find the site on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/GarfieldNPSand follow the site on Twitter atwww.twitter.com/GarfieldNPS. Read the site's blog atwww.garfieldnps.wordpress.com.

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Last updated: July 15, 2015

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