- The Washington Times - Friday, May 20, 2005



Today: Annual graveside ceremony honoring Capt. Henry Wirz, Confederate hero-martyr, who was commandant of Andersonville Prison, 11 a.m. at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 1300 Bladensburg Road NE. Sponsored by the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Maryland Division. Guest speaker: Michael Peroutka, 2004 presidential candidate of the Constitution Party. Free and open to the public. Information: 410/381-1582.


Today: Maine Camp & Hospital Association presents homefront efforts to aid Civil War soldiers, Pry House Field Hospital Museum on the Antietam battlefield. Information: National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 301/695-1864.

Today and tomorrow: The Surratt House Museum holds a spring open house with free tours, noon to 4 p.m. 9118 Brandywine Road, Clinton. Information: 301/868-1121 or www.surratt.org.

Through June 10: The exhibit ?Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation? is on display at the Enoch Pratt Free Library (Central Library), 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore. Free. Information about the exhibit and related events: 410/396-5494 or www.epfl.net.

Through Nov. 27: The Surratt House Museum features a photographic exhibit tracing the assassination of Abraham Lincoln from the plot to capture the president through the trial and the carrying out of the conspirators’ sentences. The exhibit is part of public tours of the museum at 9118 Brandywine Road, Clinton. Open Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. Last tour a half-hour before closing. Information: 301/868-1121 or www.surratt.org.


Today: Falls Church Civil War Day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cherry Hill Park, 312 Park Ave. Living-history events, period music, tours and more. Free. Information: 703/248-5171.

Today and tomorrow: The North-South Skirmish Association holds its 111th National Competition, Fort Shenandoah near Winchester. Member units compete in live-fire matches with original or authentic Civil War period weaponry. Free. Information: www.n-ssa.org.

Today: ?Life in the Officers’ Hut,? a living-history program, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria. Free. Information: 703/838-4848.

Today and tomorrow: Eighth annual Civil War Weekend at Fort Pocahontas at Wilson’s Wharf includes re-enactments and other living-history demonstrations. The fort is between Richmond and Williamsburg via Route 5, on Route 614, 13500 Sturgeon Point Road, Charles City. $10 adult; $8 student (each day). Information 804/829-9722 or www.fortpocahontas.org.

Tuesday: The Robert E. Lee Camp 726 of Alexandria will host a Confederate Memorial Day service at Christ Church in Old Town Alexandria at the intersection of North Washington Street and Cameron Street. The service begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be conducted by the Rev. Don Binder of Pohick Church. Afterward, there will be a wreath presentation at the mass grave in the churchyard with a Confederate color guard.

May 29: ?Hallowed Ground: America’s National Cemeteries? will trace the growth of the national cemetery system from its beginnings after the Civil War, 9 p.m. on the lawn behind Petersburg National Battlefield’s Main Visitor Center, off Route 36. Free. Information: 804/732-3531.

May 29: The Black Horse Chapter 9 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and Black Horse Camp 780 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans host a Confederate Memorial Day service at Warrenton Cemetery, beginning at 2 p.m. at the ?To Name the Fallen? Monument. Virginia Beard Morton, author of ?Marching Through Culpeper,? will speak. Information: Grace Schrader of the UDC at 540/347-1808 or Dink Godfrey of the SCV at 540/349-8087.

May 30: Ox Hill (Chantilly) Battlefield Memorial Day program, 1 p.m. at the battlefield park, Monument Drive and West Ox Road, Fairfax. Speaker Charles V. Morrow, author of ?The Battle of Chantilly: A Monumental Storm,? will discuss the battle and the movie he is producing about it. Also, presentation of colors, music and wreath laying.

Information excerpted in part from the Civil War News, Tunbridge, VT 05077, by permission. Information for the calendar may be sent to civilwar@washingtontimes.com or by fax to 202/529-3298.

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