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124th New York Living History at Pamplin Park
August 13, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
The recreated 124th New York Infantry Regiment living history group will be at the park on August 13, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with activities and programs.
Families will enjoy the chance to drill with the troops while they share why they fought and explain the equipment and life of the men during the American Civil War. Demonstrations during the day include “Load in Nine Times” where guests can experience the crackle of musketry and view “War So Terrible” in the Park’s Battlefield Center theater. Visitors can also learn about Virginia’s agrarian past as they explore our Tudor Hall Plantation landscape.
All will have the opportunity to tour the Breakthrough Battlefield which on April 2, 1865, resulted in the evacuation of both Petersburg and Richmond. A mere seven days later, the surrender at Appomattox helped to secure the Union.
The original 124th New York Infantry Regiment was a volunteer regiment raised in in the summer of 1862 from Orange County, New York. They became known as the “The Orange Blossoms” when their Colonel, Augustus Van Horne Ellis issued the men orange ribbons just prior to the Battle of Chancellorsville in May of 1863. The ribbon was to remind them of home and to identify them on the battlefield. They fought in every major battle of the war in which the Army of the Potomac was present. Out of an original strength of 1,000 new recruits, the regiment only had 138 original men remaining by June 15, 1865.
All event activities and programs are included with regular daily paid admission.