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Would You Like to Be a Civil War Re-Enactor?

Learn about the popular field of Civil War reenacting on Saturday, February 27, 2016, when Fort Ward Museum presents “Civil War Recruiting Day.”

Soldiers and civilians of the 3rd U.S. Regular Infantry, Company K, will be on hand between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to talk about period clothing and equipment, present drill demonstrations, and explain the variety of roles that military and civilian interpreters can portray.  Visitors can also inquire about how to join local reenactment units and learn what kind of clothing and equipment a novice reenactor requires.  Admission is free.  The snow date is Saturday, March 5.

Nearly 50,000 men, women and children across the United States enjoy the hobby of Civil War reenacting.  As individuals, couples and families, reenactors take on the roles of persons who fought as soldiers between 1861 and 1865, or were part of the civilian home front.  In addition to learning more about their national heritage, Civil War reenactors can employ dramatic and interpretive skills, converse with the public, and perform activities such as campfire cooking, drilling, medical care, setting up camp, and portraying civilians from almost any 19th-century walk of life.

Fort Ward is the best preserved fortification in the Defenses of Washington, an extensive system of Union forts built to protect the Federal capital during the Civil War.  The Museum offers exhibits, tours, and interpretive programs throughout the year.  Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site is located at 4301 West Braddock Road in the City of Alexandria.

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