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Contact: Mike Andrus, 804 226-1981 x. 30
Richmond National Battlefield Park will commemorate the anniversary of the 1864 battle of Cold Harbor with a weekend series of events at the Cold Harbor battlefield on June 2 and 3, 2007. Programs begin at 10:00 am on Saturday and include an evening candlelight tour of the battlefield. Sunday's schedule runs from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. There is no charge for this event and free parking is available at the Cold Harbor Visitor Center located on Cold Harbor Road (Va. Route 156).
On Saturday and Sunday volunteers representing Union and Confederate troops will perform scheduled artillery and rifle firing demonstrations. Park staff will also provide a series of guided tours that will highlight the battles fought on June 1 and 3, 1864 and reflect on the soldiers’ sacrifice with a visit to the Cold Harbor National Cemetery. Throughout the day young people can visit with the living history soldiers, enlist in a regiment and become a junior ranger. As a special attraction, the park’s curator prepared an exhibit of personal items relating to one of the battle’s participants. These items were just recently acquired by the park and will be on display in the Cold Harbor visitor center this weekend only.
Saturday evening the park will host a special program beginning at 7:45 pm. Southern Horizon will present a concert featuring selections popular during the war. After the concert Park historian Bob Krick will introduce the candlelight tour with a brief overview on the battle of Cold Harbor. Beginning at 8:30 pm visitors can walk the battlefield by candlelight and visit with volunteers portraying Union and Confederate soldiers and private citizens. The candlelight tour is appropriate for all ages. Please bring a flashlight and an active imagination if you plan to take the tour.