2009 Battle Anniversary

15 07 2009

I’ve received some inquiries regarding anniversary programs at Manassas National Battlefield Park.  I got this from the website, though it was tough to find:

148th Anniversary of First Manassas (Bull Run) 

Date:  7/18/2009, 7/19/2009

Time:  10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location:  Henry Hill

Details:

See Union and Confederate troops portrayed in an encampment representing the raw soldiers of the summer of 1861 on the Henry Hill battlefield.  Demonstrations of musketry and artillery firing will echo over the grassy fields where the combat raged 148 years ago.  Soldier life demonstrations will describe the experience of citizen soldiers, naive amateurs in their baptism of fire, encountering their “first gunpowder christening.”  U.S. Marine Battalion exhibits will illuminate the uniforms and equipment of Civil War Marines.  Replica colors or flags of regiments in the colorful confusion of the battle will be unfurled, and impressions of Union and Confederate uniforms will depict the “fog of war” the muddle of confusion in the reek of smoke on the battlefield.  Park Ranger tours will be conducted over the ground where bravery and sacrifice was witnessed in what the raw troops, “as green as grass” believed would be the “only battle of the war,” only to be sobered by the carnage revealed in the brutal combat.
 
Fee Free Weekend
 
Contact Park ranger staff at (703) 361-1339

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