Keynote speaker on Friday night is the preeminent scholar Ed Bearss. The favorite to most every Civil War event, Bearss brings an enthusiasm not often seen in 90 plus year olds. He is the chief historian emeritus for the National Park Service.
There will be a re-enactors parade and a visit from the Civil War History Mobile which is a traveling exhibit of the Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission. The maps and sketches of Civil War soldier Robert Sneden will be on display. The display is part of the largest collection of Civil War soldier art from the Virginia Historical Society.
Famed Civil War speakers will give lectures throughout the weekend. Among those scheduled are General Robert E. Lee, General “Stonewall” Jackson, General Hunter, General Meade, plus noted authors on such topics as Civil War amputees, a Southern lady spy, the Battle of New Market Heights, the Shenandoah and Maryland campaigns. The authors will also stay and sign their books.
A living history exhibit will show African American life in Liberia. There will be military drills, artillery firings, a cavalry demonstration and displays showing medical practice during the war. Children’s activities will also be featured and will include a scavenger hunt. The Manassas Symphony Orchestra will play on Sunday evening.
There will also be a commemoration of the famous raid of General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson on Manassas Junction which will include Civil War music by the 2nd South Carolina String Band, a bourbon tasting for those over 21 years of age, and a mock burning of a rail car at dusk.
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