Agenda: July 2020 Events

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The view from Little Round Top on the Gettysburg battlefield.

Looking for a Civil War event—virtual or in person—to attend in July? Below are some very good options. Keep checking back as we’ll update this list in the coming days.

Gettysburg 157 Live
July 1–3
Facebook and YouTube

Join American Battlefield Trust for a virtual commemoration of the 157th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Experience the battlefield with special guests and licensed battlefield guides, artifacts, and video tours. Times and topics are subject to digital connectivity, but watch their Facebook and YouTube pages from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT on July 1, 2, and 3. You can ask questions, post comments, and maybe even get a live shout-out from the Trust!

For more information:

Southern Ambitions Exhibit
Opens Saturday, July 4
The American Civil War Museum at Historic Tredegar

Southern Ambitions explores the Confederate States’ aspiration to become global players on their own terms. With the fifth-largest economy in the world prior to the Civil War, the Confederacy sought total independence. Their goal was prominence in economic, technological, and diplomatic partnerships among the leading western nations. At the heart of their vision lay plans for the growth and expansion of slavery. But what happened when western nations rejected the Confederate States’ hopes?

Adults $16; seniors, retired military, teachers, students $14; kids 6–17 $8; active duty military $10; members and kids under 5 are free.
For more information:

Independence Day Celebration
Saturday, July 4, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Pamplin Park

Pamplin Historical Park staff will offer multiple programs throughout the day to commemorate America’s Independence Day. Activities include a patriotic ceremony, a cannon fire salute, and tours of the Breakthrough Battlefield, which on April 2, 1865, resulted in the evacuation of both Petersburg and Richmond. Also participate in 19th century games such as a sack race and a period baseball game.

Social distancing and face coverings while indoors are required and hand sanitizer is available at multiple locations.

Event activities are included with admission. Adults $15; Seniors/Military $12; Children $8; kids 5 and under are free.
For more information: (804) 861-2408 or [email protected]

Pamplin Park Independence Day Celebration
Pamplin Historical Park staff

CWRT Summit
Wednesday, July 8, 7 p.m. EDT

The COVID-19 pandemic and the social unrest around the country has caused Civil War Roundtables to face difficult challenges. Hear a discussion about how Bull Run CWRT has chosen to face them.

Free but donations are accepted.
Registration required:
For more information: Michael Kirschner [email protected]

John Wilkes Booth
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John Wilkes Booth

John Wilkes Booth: Son, Brother, Uncle, and Actor
Thursday, July 9, 7 p.m. EDT

Author Lisa Samia discusses little-known facts about John Wilkes Booth, the notorious assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, including details about his family, upbringing, relationships, and character.

Free but donations are accepted.
Registration required:
For more information: Mike Movius ([email protected])

History Happy Hour: Stressed Out Supply Chains
Monday, July 13, 6:30 – 7 p.m. EDT
The American Civil War Museum

What does a person’s clothing say about the state they are in? The talk will examine the North Carolina quartermaster system and the supply chain for soldiers’ uniforms and explore similarities in the breakdown in our national supply chain brought on by COVID-19.

Free but registration required:
For more information:

Marching Home Cover

Civil War Lecture Series: Union Veterans and their Unending Civil War
Thursday, July 23, 7 p.m. EDT
Online webinar

Join the Peninsula Foundation’s tenth year of the Civil War Lecture Series at the G.A.R. Hall.

Pulitzer Prize finalist and The Civil War Monitor’s own book review editor Brian Matthew Jordan will give a presentation about his book, Marching Home: Union Veterans and their Unending Civil War. Support has been provided by Ohio Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the federal CARES Act of 2020.

Free but donations are accepted.
Registration required:
For more information: or [email protected]

Mark your calendars…

“U.S. Grant, the Meaning of the Civil War, and the Election of 1868” with Dr. Joan Waugh
Saturday, August 8, 1– 2 p.m. EDT
The National Civil War Museum

The National Civil War Museum will offer its eighth program in its 2020 Lessons in History Speaker Series. Dr. Joan Waugh, Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles, will discuss Ulysses S. Grant, the meaning of the Civil War, and the postwar election of 1868.

Free to the public but regular museum admission applies for entrance to the museum galleries.
For more information:

And just released this week…

Ox Hill Battlefield Tour Guide App

The Ox Hill Battlefield Tour Guide app (a battle also known as Chantilly) was developed by American Battlefield Trust and Bull Run Civil War Round Table and includes 16 total stops along Ox Hill Battlefield Park’s existing trail. The app includes an interactive tour; annotated period photographs of the park and surrounding area add layers of knowledge. Additional onboard resources include Federal and Confederate orders of battle and first-person accounts. The app goes beyond being a useful on-site resource and allows users to also explore past events from the comfort of home.

Free to download on your computer or mobile device.

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