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Civil War Shelter Program at Fort Ward

Saturday, September 15, 2018  –  1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Can you tell a Sibley tent from a dog tent?  How did Civil War soldiers stay warm in camp? Find out the answers to these questions and more when Fort Ward Museum presents the living history program Civil War Shelter.  The program is free. The event is weather dependent.

“The Sibley Tent”—The Prairie Traveler (1859)

This interpretive program will explore a variety of tents and shelter for Civil War soldiers.  Reproductions of some major types of period tents will be set up and explained by Union

Army interpreters, and Fort Ward’s furnished Officers’ Hut, a typical military structure in the Defenses of Washington, will be open to the public.  A variety of camp life accessories, furnishings and heating methods for military accommodations will also be displayed and discussed.

Fort Ward is the best preserved of the Union forts that comprised the Civil War Defenses of Washington.  The Museum features exhibits, programs and special events throughout the year. Fort Ward is located at 4301 West Braddock Road in the west end of the City of Alexandria.  For more information, please contact Fort Ward Museum at 703.746.4848.

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