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Contact: Mike Andrus, 804 226-1981 x. 30
Military encampments, Civil War period photography, special programs just for kids, and demonstrations on period blacksmithing and quilt making are just a few of the highlights of the 10th annual Richmond Civil War Day, Saturday April 28. All activities will take place at the Historic Tredegar Iron Works. The event is free and onsite parking is available. Programs begin at 9:00 am and continue until 5:00 pm.
On Saturday, April 28, Richmond National Battlefield Park and The American Civil War Center will host a day of living history programs, activities and special events. Several volunteer groups portraying Union and Confederate soldiers and civilians will participate. New programs this year include demonstrations of Civil War photography and blacksmithing as well as a talk on African American quilt-making. In addition, visitors can see cannon and rifle firing demonstrations, take part in tours of the Tredegar Iron Works grounds and Belle Isle prison camp, and hear talks on Tredegar's black labor force, Civil War ballooning and railroads. Young people can "enlist" for the day and drill with the soldiers, make cartridges and housewife kits and also earn Junior Ranger badges or patches. The National Park Service Civil War Visitor Center will host displays by John B. Cary Model School and local historical organizations including: the Museum of the Confederacy, Pamplin Historical Park, Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church and the Virginia Aviation Museum. Period musical selections will be performed throughout the day by the Tredegar Brass Band. Perennial favorite Southern Horizon will conclude the program with a concert of Civil War era music.