Civil War Weekend

The Civil War to be Remembered in Yorktown

YORKTOWN, Va. – Colonial National Historical Park and York County will commemorate Yorktown's Civil War history during Memorial Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 23-24. Special activities at the park’s Yorktown Battlefield unit include troop encampments, military and surgical demonstrations, and a wreath laying ceremony at the Yorktown National Cemetery.

Saturday and Sunday’s activities feature Union and Confederate artillery, cavalry and infantry re-enactment units demonstrating military tactics and skills on the battlefield near the Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center. Both the Union and Confederate encampments will be located at the visitor center. On Main Street, a re-created Confederate hospital will be presented inside the Nelson House with demonstrations of Civil War surgical procedures offered each day. These activities will take place between 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 p. m.

Yorktown Battlefield’s Civil War exhibit, “On Historic Ground,” will be open for viewing in the Yorktown National Cemetery Lodge on Saturday and Sunday. The displays highlight the military and civilian stories of Civil War Yorktown, including the soldiers’ thoughts on occupying the hallowed ground of the 1781 battlefield, the establishment of an African American community called “Slabtown” and the Yorktown National Cemetery.

On Sunday, May 24 at 1:00 p.m., a wreath laying ceremony will take place at the Yorktown National Cemetery and the adjacent Confederate Cemetery. In keeping with Memorial Day traditions, the public is also invited to place fresh flowers on the soldiers’ graves.

Schedule for events on May 23 and 24, 2015

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All programs and demonstrations are included in the Colonial National Historical Park entrance fee of $7.00 per adult. Children under age 16 are admitted free. Federal Interagency Passes and Golden Age and Golden Access passports to the National Parks are accepted. For further information, log on to or contact Colonial National Historical Park at (757) 898-2410.

Last updated: February 26, 2015

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Colonial National Historical Park - Yorktown Battlefield
P.O. Box 210

Yorktown , VA 23690


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