Friday, May 7, 2004



Tuesday: The Loudoun County Civil War Round Table will hear Jim Morgan discuss his forthcoming book, “A Little Short of Boats: The Fights at Ball’s Bluff and Edwards Ferry, Oct. 21-22, 1861,” at 7:30 p.m. at Thomas Balch Library in Leesburg. Contact the library at 703/737-7195 for details.

Wednesday: David Miller of the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum Forum will trace the nine-month service of the 16th Vermont Regiment, which spent the winter of 1862-63 on guard duty in and around Fairfax Station before marching to Gettysburg. 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Fairfax Station Railroad Museum. Free, but donations appreciated.

Thursday: The Bull Run Civil War Round Table will hear author, tour guide and National Park Service Chief Historian Emeritus Ed Bearss speak on “The 1864 Overland Campaign — From the Wilderness to Spotsylvania” at 7:15 p.m. at the Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germain Drive. Free. Information: 703/675-0702.

May 15: Falls Church Civil War Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cherry Hill Park, 312 Park Ave. Activities include spy-story re-enactments, a demonstration of Civil War-era balloon surveillance and present-day surveillance, a soldier’s-life demonstration, a talk by an actress portraying Clara Barton, tours of the Civil War farmhouse, a bus tour of local Civil War sites, and period music. Free. Information: 703/248-5171.

May 16: The Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park will mark the 140th anniversary of Battle of Spotsylvania Court House with a commemorative ceremony at 2 p.m. at the Bloody Angle. Confederate re-enactors will answer questions at their camp 200 yards in front of the Bloody Angle beginning at noon. Park Service walking tours at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Information: 540/373-6122 or 540/786-2880.


Today: Margaret Wunderlich will present the story of Tillie Pierce, a young girl who sought refuge at the Weikert Farm during the Battle of Gettysburg and ended up assisting the wounded at a Union field hospital behind Little Round Top. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 48 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Information: 301/695-1864.

Wednesday: The Chesapeake Civil War Round Table at Anne Arundel Community College will hear Brian Steele Wills, author of “A Battle From the Start: The Life of Nathan Bedford Forrest,” at 7 p.m. in the Cade Center for Fine Arts, Room 219, on the Arnold campus. A book signing will follow.

May 22: Historic Surratt House Museum (9118 Brandywine Road, Clinton; is offering a tour of the John Wilkes Booth escape route. Participants will leave the Surratt House Museum at 7:30 a.m. on an air-conditioned coach bus. This trip in time from Ford’s Theatre to the site of Garrett’s Farm takes about 12 hours and is narrated by an expert on the Lincoln assassination. For prices and registration, phone 301/868-1121.

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 202/529-3298.

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