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Fort Ward Hosting Civil War Artillery Day September 17

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ALEXANDRIA, VA – Learn about the role and equipment of Civil War artillerymen in the Defenses of Washington on Saturday, September 17, when Fort Ward Museum presents Civil War Artillery Day. This free living history program is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will appeal to Civil War enthusiasts of all ages. The event is weather dependent.

The program features reenactors from the 1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery, a Union regiment that was stationed at Fort Ward during the Civil War. The unit will interpret the duties and soldier life of typical artillerymen assigned to forts in the Washington area. Activities will include cannon firing demonstrations in the restored Northwest bastion of the fort at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., artillery equipment displays, and camp life scenarios.

Fort Ward is the best preserved of the remaining Union forts in the extensive defense system known as the Defenses of Washington. Fort Ward is located at 4301 West Braddock Road in the west end of the City of Alexandria. For more information, call the Museum at 703.746.4848.

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation or an alternative format, e-mail [email protected] or call 703.746.4848.

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