Make plans now for the Cedar Mountain 156th Anniversary Living History Weekend, August 11-12. Visitors will be able to choose from a variety of immersive activities designed to share the stories of Civil War soldiers and civilians before, during, and after the battle that took place on Aug. 9, 1862.
Free and open to all ages, the event will be held at the battlefield along James Madison Highway/Route 15 south of Culpeper (9465 General Winder Road). Parking will be available at the George Washington Carver School (9433 James Madison Highway/Route 15) near the battlefield. Shuttle buses will transport visitors every 15 minutes.
Saturday, August 11
• 11 a.m.— Opening shot, followed by combined arms demonstration (infantry, cavalry, artillery).
• 1 p.m. — Experience the life of a Civil War soldier by participating in basic drill and instruction; working with the infantry and learning how to handle a musket; learning how to march, drill and fight; and even serving on a gun crew.
• 3 p.m. — Combined arms demonstration (infantry, cavalry, artillery).
• 5 p.m. Camp life, with camps open to the public.
• 6 p.m. — Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield Ancestors’ Ceremony.
• 8 p.m. — Torchlight tours of the camps and battlefield.
Sunday, August 12
• 10 a.m. — Combined arms demonstration (infantry, cavalry, artillery).
• 12 p.m. — Repeat of experiencing the life of a soldier (see above). Information is available at www. friendsofcedarmountain.org