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Memorial Day Commemoration

May 28, 2018

Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier will offer a full schedule of daily programs on Memorial Day, Monday May 28. The Park will open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and activities are included with regular museum admission.

A special Memorial Day program will begin at 12:30 p.m. During this program, visitors will learn about a number of specific soldiers and their personal experiences during the Civil War. These “One Soldier’s Civil War” stories will be presented using source material taken from their own letters. Their stories illustrate the causes and consequences of the Civil War. The program will include an artillery firing followed by the presentation of the colors and a playing of Taps.

A Breakthrough Battlefield Tour will give visitors a chance to learn about the events of April 2, 1865 which is followed by bugle calls and a Civil War camp life demonstration. The viewing of “War So Terrible” which follows two Civil War soldiers, Benjamin Franklin Meyers of the Union and Andrew Jackson Stewart of the Confederacy, will be shown in the Battlefield Center. Programming will conclude with Civil War musical selections performed by the Haversacks & Hardtack String Band in the Education Center.

All events and activities included with Park admission.

Full Memorial Day Event Schedule:

10:30-10:50 am
Load in Nine Times
Rifle demonstration
Demonstration Area

11:00-11:45 am
Lay of the Land
Tudor Hall Plantation landscape tour
Meet at Tobacco Barn

12:30-1:15 pm
Memorial Day Commemoration
“One Soldier’s Civil War”
Education Center
Followed by
Honor Guard, Artillery Firing, & Taps
Fortification Exhibit

1:30-2:15 pm
Civil War Camp Life & Rifle Demonstration
Military Encampment

2:15-3:00 pm
Breakthrough Battlefield Tour
Meet at Battlefield Center

3:00-3:50 pm
War So Terrible: Civil War Combat Film
Running time: 50 minutes
Battlefield Center
No admittance once program has begun.
Viewer discretion advised

3:15-4:15 pm
Civil War Musical Selections
Haversacks and Hardtack String Band
Education Center

Ongoing throughout the day:

Breakthrough Presentation
By request
Running time: 10 minutes – Battlefield Center

Slavery in America
Push button Running time: 20 minutes
Field Quarter


May 28, 2018
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Pamplin Historical Park
6125 Boydton Plank Road
Petersburg, VA 23803 United States
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