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October 2021

Roundtable: Fredericksburg’s Forgotten Fight

October 7, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join speaker Frank O'Reilly who will discuss "Fredericksburg's Forgotten Fight". The Petersburg Civil War Roundtable (PCWRT) will meet the first Thursday of each month at Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier from 7:00 pm-8:00 pm. Annual membership is $40.00. Individuals who are already members of Pamplin Historical Park can become members of PCWRT for $20.00. Non-members can attend for $5.00 each meeting. Call (804) 861-2408 for more information. The health and safety of visitors…

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Symposium 2021 Special Tour

October 15, 2021 @ 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Join Pamplin Historical Park’s Executive Director, Jerry “Dez” Desmond, and park historian, Tim Talbott, as we explore events in June of 1862 when 105,000 Union soldiers prepared to lay siege to the Confederate capital, Richmond, and end the Civil War. Seizing the initiative, new appointed Confederate commander, Robert E. Lee, lashed out at the Federals, resulting in the Seven Days Battle. The tour will leave from the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier at Pamplin Historical Park promptly at…

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25th Anniversary Civil War Symposium: The Magnificent 7

October 15, 2021 @ 9:00 am - October 17, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

Park Members pay $315 per person and non-members pay $349. The price includes all lectures, the Friday night reception, two mid-morning coffee breaks, two lunches, and the Saturday night banquet. Space is limited and reservations are required. A letter of confirmation will be sent to registrants. Speakers & Topics Include: Dr. Peter S. Carmichael, Director, Civil War Institute Gettysburg College "Silencing War Crimes: The 1864 Hicksford Raid" Mr. John Coski, American Civil War Museum "Hunter Davidson, U.S.N., C.S.N., etc., etc.,…

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Voices From the Shadows

October 29, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - October 30, 2021 @ 8:30 pm

Based on true accounts, these Virginia stories will lead you through a cemetery walk. You will meet spirits of the past, brought to life for one night to tell their tales of how they perished. The naturally haunting atmosphere of Pamplin Historical Park will enhance your visit to our battlefield after dark. Costumed guides portraying “agents of death” will lead participants by candlelight on a spine-chilling tour through the Breakthrough Battlefield. At various stops, guests will encounter victims of murder, stabbing,…

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November 2021

Roundtable: The New Market Campaign

November 4, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join speaker Sarah Bierle as she discusses "The New Market Campaign." The Battle of New Market took place on May 15, 1864 during what is known as the Valley Campaigns of 1864. A larger Union force being the Army of the Shenandoah under Major General Franz Sigel was defeated while confronting a smaller Confederate force totaling some 4,100 men. Among the Confederate force were the cadets of Virginia Military Institute which were ordered into battle by Confederate general John C.…

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Annual Breakthrough Trail 5K

November 6, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

This annual event is a partnership between the Park and Tri-Cities Road Runners. The race will take place on historic Civil War battlefield trails starting and ending at the Hart Farm located at 6619 Duncan Rd., Petersburg, VA 23803. The race course will guide participants through the Civil War Breakthrough Battlefield trails which ended the 292 day siege of Petersburg featuring a beautiful landscape with original earthworks from the decisive battle. Participants will enjoy the safety of a course run…

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Veterans Day

November 11, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Pamplin Historical Park, 6125 Boydton Plank Road
Petersburg, VA 23803 United States
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Pamplin Historical Park will offer multiple programs throughout the day, to include presentations on artillery "The King of Battle", a lecture and living-history demonstration on the Spanish-American War, a live musical performance of soldier's songs and a ceremony with cannon fire salute. A Veterans Day ceremony will start at noon with a presentation of colors followed by a cannon fire salute. Afterwards, Civil War programming will be joined by a Spanish-American War lecture and living-history demonstration in the park's Education Center.…

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December 2021

Roundtable: Petersburg’s Regiment: The 12th Virginia Infantry

December 2, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join speaker John Horn as he share the story of "Petersburg's Regiment: The 12th Virginia Infantry.” Horn spent decades researching the 12th Virginia Infantry through searching archives and uncovering scores of previously unknown accounts. In his book, Petersburg's Regiment: The 12th Virginia Infantry, Horn shares personal glimpses of the men who served from the hanging of the abolitionist John Brown through the surrender at Appomattox 1859-1865. Tales of the hard fighting in between includes participation in the battles of Seven…

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Tea & Tidings (In-Person & Virtual)

December 4, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Pamplin Historical Park, 6125 Boydton Plank Road
Petersburg, VA 23803 United States
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This themed tea offers tasty tea and treats with a program highlighting the holidays as they were celebrated at a distance during the Civil War. Park staff attired in mid 1800s clothing will explore how Americans celebrated the Christmas season during the Civil War. It was a difficult time as letters were the only form of communication with family and soldiers often far away from home. Experience how these letters from home brought cheer to soldiers in the field and…

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January 2022

Roundtable: The Army of the Potomac on the Overland & Petersburg Campaigns

January 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join speaker Steven Sodergren as he shares the story of “The Army of the Potomac in the Overland and Petersburg Campaigns.” The final year of the Civil War found the Army of the Potomac endured months of brutal trench warfare and fighting against their Confederate adversaries. Sondergren will explore the Overland and Petersburg Campaigns where the morale of the soldiers was tested as attrition and the new grim realities of a lengthy campaign set in. Steven E. Sodergren is a…

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