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History Comes Alive! Alexandrians Invited To Civil War Camp Day June 18

See history come alive at Civil War Camp Day. (Photo courtesy City of Alexandria)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – If you have an interest in Civil War history, there is an event that’s right up your alley. On Saturday, June 18, Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site (4301 W. Braddock Road) is hosting Civil War Camp Day.

The event, taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is an annual tradition, where attendees have the chance to watch history come alive. Meet military and civilian re-enactors in and around the fort, which is known as the best preserved of the Union forts that made up the Civil War Defenses of Washington.

The Camp Day program includes  camp life activities, infantry and artillery drills and firing demonstrations, equipment displays, and civilian impressions.

According to a press release, visitors can also see ” a U.S. Army Quartermaster tent, a Union company surgeon, a Northern schoolmarm who interprets 19th-century education and pastimes for children, a display of Civil War camp dioramas, and a soldier in the reconstructed Officers’ Hut portraying the daily routine and living quarters of an officer in the Defenses of Washington. ”

Participating re-enactor units include the 28th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Co. B.

The 8th Green Machine Regiment Band will perform period music on the Museum lawn at 3 p.m. The ensemble, which uses authentic period instruments,is sponsored by George Mason University.

Suggested donation is $2 per person, and $5 for families.  The event is weather dependent.

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Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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