- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 18, 2001

Today and tomorrow: Virginia Heritage Weekend in Ashland features re-enactments of the Battle of Jericho Mills and Chesterfield Bridge, lantern tours of encampments, lectures and a tour of downtown Ashland.Call 804/356-8868.
Today: Guided walking tour on Spotsylvania Battlefield of Confederate artillery. The tour is from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Call 540/972-9954.
Today and tomorrow: National Civil War and Antique Arms Show will be held at the Showplace in Richmond, today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Items include guns, swords, reference books and art. To reach the Showplace from Interstate 95, take Route 64 east to exit 192 onto Mechanicsville Turnpike. Go one-half mile to Showplace on the left. Call 540/672-5921.

District of Columbia
Today-Aug. 22: Historian Edward C. Smith presents a slide-illustrated analysis of the war and its complex social and political issues in a course titled "Finding the Heart of the Conflict: The Civil War Years." The lectures begin at 8 p.m. in the S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. Cost for the course is $123 for general public and $78 for Smithsonian Resident members. Call 202/357-3030.

Sept. 8: Presentation of camp life by members of Kemper's Brigade. The program will cover many aspects of daily life of the soldiers, including nutrition, common diseases, duties of a brigade surgeon and the history of the 7th Virginia, Company A. Program is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 48 E. Patrick St. in downtown Frederick. Call 301/695-1864.

Walking tour: The Historic Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving American history, sponsors "Caught in the Crossfire," a walking tour through the streets of Gettysburg. This historic tour gives participants a feel for what the residents of the town went through during the Battle of Gettysburg and its aftermath. The center offers tours for groups of 10 or more. A self-guided tour booklet also is available for $5.50. Make checks payable to the History Center, PO Box 233, Myersville, Md. 21773.

Information excerpted in part from "The Civil War News," Tunbridge, Vt. 05077, by permission. Information for the calendar may be sent to The Washington Times by fax to 202/269-1853.

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