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Breakthrough Living-History Weekend

Military History Weekend
Event organized by Military History Weekend

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At 4:40 a.m. April 2, 1865, some 14,000 Union soldiers moved forward in the chilly gloom toward the Confederate fortifications six miles southwest of Petersburg. Less than an hour later, the American flag flew over the Confederate line following one of the most important battles of the entire Civil War. This engagement led directly to the evacuation of both Petersburg and Richmond. One week later, Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House and our nation began the long process of healing.

The Park hosts a full schedule of activities and programs for walk-in visitors each day. Visitors will have the opportunity to drill with the troops, watch battle demonstrations, learn about Civil War surgery, civilian etiquette, clothing, songs and listen to period music and more.

Author Michael C. Hardy will present a Saturday lecture on his recent book General Lee’s Immortals: The Battles and Campaigns of the Branch-Lane Brigade in the Army of Northern Virginia, 1861-1865 at 1:00 p.m. Michael C. Hardy is an award-winning historian and author of 22 books about the Civil War and Western North Carolina. In 2010, Hardy was named the North Carolina Historian of the Year by the North Carolina Society of Historians.

These programs are included with Park admission. Daily admission for adults is $13, seniors (65+) and Military w/ID $12.00, children (6-12) $8, and children under 6 free. A preliminary event schedule can be seen on the Parks website at www.pamplinpark.org.

Preliminary Schedule

Saturday, April 7, 2018

10:00-10:20 Rifle Demonstration at NMCWS by Park staff Interpreter and selected reenactors.

10:30- 10:50 “Death From Afar:” Civil War Sharpshooters at the Military Encampment

11:00-11:45 “Your Other Left:” Camp of Instruction at Freedom Garden

12:00-12:30 “With Fife and Drum” at the Freedom Garden

12:35-12:55 Battlefield Tour Overview- Freedom Garden to Breakthrough Point

1:00-1:50 Lecture- Michael C. Hardy “General Lee’s Immortals: The Branch/Lane Brigade” at the Education Center

2:00-2:20 “Defend the Works” at the Fortification Display

2:30-3:15 “Belles, Hoops, and Parlors” at Battlefield Center Multi-purpose Room

3:30-4:30 “Songs of the Civil War” at Banquet Room at NMCWS

Sunday, April 8, 2018

10:00-10:45 Hart Farm Breakthrough Tour

11:00-11:45 “Your Other Left”: Camp of Instruction at the Hart Farm

12:00-12:30 “With Fife and Drum” at the Hart Farm

12:30-1:00 “Death From Afar” at the Hart Farm

1:00-1:45 “Belles Hoops and Parlors” at the Hart Barn

2:00-3:00 “Hold the Line” Reenactment of the Battle of Jones Farm at the Hart Farm

3:15-3:45 “The Awful Aftermath” Civil War Surgery

4:00-4:45 The Breakthrough at the Hart Farm Walking Tour