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.
Military Through the Ages
Hundreds of re-enactors will come together on March 16 and 17 for Jamestown Settlement’s annual “Military Through the Ages.” Among the units participating in 2013, the third year of the American Civil War’s 150th anniversary are two Union units, “3rd U.S. Regular Infantry” and “U.S.S. Aroostook.” Two Confederate units also will be represented – “23rd Virginia Infantry” and “Norfolk Light Artillery Blues.” The event features four centuries of artillery demonstration at noon each day, a children’s parade at 1 p.m. Saturday, and military pass-in-review at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Williamsburg Civil War Tour
Join in a walking tour of the major Civil War sites, and learn more about Williamsburg’s role in this important period in American history. $15 adults, $7.50 youths. Friday evenings, March 15 – June 14; returning again in the fall.
Please go to the Williamsburg Civil War Events calendar for a complete listing.
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