The Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission was created during the 2006 Session of the Virginia General Assembly for the purpose of planning for and commemorating the 150th anniversary of Virginia’s participation in the American Civil War, the duration of which will be 2011 through 2015.
The American Civil War’s sesquicentennial has a special significance to the Williamsburg area. The Battle of Williamsburg was the first major conflict of the Peninsula Campaign, and, on May 5, 1862, more than 70,000 Union and Confederate forces attacked and counterattacked just southeast of town. The next day General McClellan’s Army of the Potomac marched down Duke of Gloucester Street and occupied Williamsburg.
Please go to the Williamsburg Civil War Events for a complete listing.