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Contact: Mike Andrus, 804 226-1981 x. 30
On Saturday July 7, and Sunday July 8, 2007, Richmond National Battlefield Park will present a Living History Encampment on the Malvern Hill battlefield. Program hours are Saturday from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm, and on Sunday from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.
Volunteers portraying Berdan’s Sharpshooters will perform skirmish drills and rifle-firing demonstrations comparing the Sharps breech-loading rifle to the typical muzzle-loading rifle of the time period. They will also discuss how Sharpshooters were recruited and their role in the battle of Malvern Hill as skirmishers sent forward to harass the Confederate infantry and silence their artillery. In addition, volunteers representing Battery A of the 2nd U.S. Artillery will perform cannon-firing demonstrations. The 2nd U.S. Artillery comprised a section of the main Union line in the July 1, 1862 fight. Demonstrations begin at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm on Saturday and 11:00 am and 1:00 pm on Sunday. Park historians will present guided walking tours of the Malvern Hill battlefield following each program.