Civil War Events Guide: Loudoun
The Last Lincoln Conspirator: John Surratt’s Flight from the Gallows @ the Thomas Balch Library
April 3 @ 2 pm. The fascinating journey of John Surratt, the last person put on trial for involvement in the assassination plot against President Lincoln, will be presented by Andrew C. A. Jampoler. The lecture will include Surratt’s escape, capture, trial and escaped conviction. Audiences will be astonished with the interesting information and facts surrounding Surratt’s role in the Lincoln conspiracy. / Thomas Balch Library, 208 W.Market St., Leesburg; 703 737-7195; www.leesburgva.gov; free
Civil War Ghosts of Virginia at the Purcellville Library
April 10 @ 2 pm. Civil War Buff or not, audiences of all ages are guaranteed to be captivated by an afternoon of ghost stories. Presented by L.B. Taylor, Jr., author of “Ghosts of Virginia,” these hair-raising accounts will provide hours of entertainment. / Purcellville Library, 220 E. Main St., Purcellville; 540-338-7235; www.library.loudoun.gov; free.
War Comes to Harpers Ferry: The Burning of the Federal Arsenal at Harpers Ferry National Park
April 16-17 @ TBD. This event will take a closer look at the 1861, Union secession of Virginia. The event will also highlight the burning of the Federal Arsenal at Harpers Ferry. Many activities will be taking place including: ranger conducted programs, living history, and family/youth activities. / Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, Harpers Ferry; 304-535-6029; www.nps.gov; free.
All for the Union at Run Rabbit Run Theatre
Throughout July 9-24, times vary. Written and directed by historian and playwright Meredith McMath, this 5-play, Civil War series features live, Civil War-era music. The amazing account of the struggles and trials of three women from Waterford, Virginia will captivate audiences everywhere. Not recommended for children under the age of 12. / Run Rabbit Run Theatre, 37098 Charles Town Pike, Hillsboro; 703-777-7838; www.rrrtheatre.org; $15.
14th Annual Conference on the Art of Command in the Civil War at Mosby Heritage Area
Sept 30, and Oct 2, times vary. This year, nationally know authors and historians will present on the topic of the Cavalry of the North and South. This annual, Civil War conference will feature lectures, panel discussions, book signings and bus tours relevant to the topic. Registration for this event includes all actives and meals. / Mosby Heritage Area, 300 W. Washington St., Middleburg; 540-687-6681; www.mosbyheritagearea.org; $400.
Battle of Ball’s Bluff Reenactment at Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Regional Park
Oct 22 @ 12pm. For the first time, come and see the Ball’s Bluff Battlefield reenactment. During the Civil War, this particular battle was the second largest to take place in the county during 1861. This reenactment will feature 1,000 reenactors, and spectator space will be limited to 3000. Reserve your ticket before it’s to late. / Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Regional Park, Balls Bluff Road, Leesburg; 703-779-9372; www.nvrpa.org; free.
Illumination at Ball’s Bluff Battlefield
Oct 22 @ 7. In honor of the soldiers who lost their lives, an illumination of Ball’s Bluff Battlefield will take place. Visitors will be guided through the park by battle interpreters dressed in Civil War uniform. As the tours go on, the mood will be enhanced by the playing of a bugler. / Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Regional Park, Ball’s Bluff Road, Leesburg; 703-737-7800; www.nvrpa.org; free.
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