Ongoing Activities Friday through Monday
Civil War Weapons:
Collection of Dr. R.W. Johnson. This unique and extensive collection of early 19th Century to 1865
arms, including many Civil War weapons, is on rare public view at the Fredericksburg Area Museum. Admission: $5
adults, $1 students ages 6- 8.
White Oak Civil War Museum.
Located six miles east of Fredericksburg, this old school house has an extensive collection of artifacts
from area battle sites and encampments. The displays will amaze the novice as well as the serious Civil War buff. Virginia
Civil War Trails marker on site. Artillery demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday are free. Museum admission: $3 adults, $1.50
senior citizens & youth (13-17), $1 children ages (7-12).
Visit Famous Ellwood.
Overlooking Wilderness Run, Ellwoods fabled Civil War history includes service as a Confederate hospital,
the headquarters of three Union generals, and perhaps most famously, the burial site of Stonewall Jacksons arm, shattered
by friendly fire during the Battle of Chancellorsville. Tours are led by volunteer members of the Friends of Wilderness Battlefield,
trained by National Park Service staff. Admission by seven-day battlefield park pass available at the Chancellorsville Battlefield
Center, and a schedule of free special activities on Sunday.
Ellwood Special Activities (Sunday)
12:30 p.m. - Concert of 1860s music
p.m. - Demonstration of Civil War medical practices
2:30 p.m. - Presentation: The Last Days of Stonewall Jackson,
by National Park Service (NPS) historian Mac Wyckoff.
Civil War Life The Soldiers Museum.
An impressive collection of original relics tells the story of life in camp and on the battlefield.
Events scheduled include: Cavalry bugle, musket firing, and Gatling gun firing demonstrations. Demonstration times are Saturday
at 10 a.m., 12 noon, and 2 p.m.; Sunday at 12 noon and 2 p.m. A program of Civil War photos in true 3-D will be on display
in the museum Friday and Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m. Admission charged. The museum is located next to the Spotsylvania Visitors
Center, near exit 126 of US I-95.
Spotsylvania County Museum.
This museum houses a collection of local artifacts and genealogical records. Located in the
Old Berea Church, dating back to 1856. Battle scars inflicted by the War still remain.
Saturday and Sunday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Field Hospital and Other Activities at Spotsylvania Courthouse.
Hear the gruesome methods of Civil War medical treatments, learn what it was like to be a wounded soldier,
and why more men died from infection than did from battle wounds. Presentation by the 28th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry
Company. The local civilians experience during the War will be the focus of several history presentations. Events include
Childrens Boot Camp, regular performances of period music and the opportunity to meet General A.P. Hill. See schedule for
Soldiers Encampment at Ferry Farm and City Dock.
Enjoy an insightful and entertaining look into the camp life of the Civil War Soldier. Interact with the
Union Soldiers at Ferry Farm and the Confederates across the Rappahannock at the City Dock.
Artillery Demonstrations at White Oak Civil War Museum.
Witness the roar of field artillery at this remarkable museum. Camp life demonstrations throughout the day;
artillery demonstrations every hour from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Outdoor demonstrations are free. Museum admission: $3 adults, $1.50
senior citizens & youth (13-17), $1 children (7-12).
Canoe Tours -- Self Guided Rappahannock River Civil War Sites.
See Fredericksburg from the perspective of the Union soldiers who crossed the Rappahannock
during the Battle of Fredericksburg. Spend two hours to half a day on the flat water of this scenic river. An illustrated
tour book will lead you to Civil War pontoon sites, Chatham Manor (Federal headquarters during the battle), old mill sites,
and many other points of historic interest.
Meet at Fredericksburg City Dock. Last canoe rented at 4pm. $20/person.
Regimental Fifes & Drums.
Enjoy the sounds and rhythm of Civil War times, presented by the Regimental Fifes & Drums of Richmond.
Led by SgtMaj Eddie Willard, this group will perform around the Spotsylvania Courthouse area throughout the weekend.
All reservations can be made
by calling 1-800-654-4118.