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Battle of the Wilderness 152nd Anniversary
May 7, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. Artillery Demonstrations at Ellwood Manor
Join the parks cannon crew for a description of the uses and challenges of artillery in the Battle of the Wilderness and a firing demonstration. Meet at Ellwood Manor.
11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. Wilderness Crossing Walking Tours
Walk the behind-the-scenes landscape of war on the parks Wilderness Crossing Trail with a volunteer from the Friends of Wilderness Battlefield. Each tour will last 75 minutes and will depart from Ellwood following the preceding artillery demonstration.
11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. No Turning Back Walking Tour
Whatever happens, there will be no turning back! proclaimed Ulysses S. Grant at the Wilderness. Join a park historian for a 45-minute introduction to the Battle of the Wilderness at Tour Stop 3 Saunders Field on the Wilderness Battlefield.
1:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m. Lee to the Rear: The Fight for Widow Tapps Farm
Historians Becky Oakes and Frank OReilly will lead this 90-minute program walking the ground of Tapp Field, where the Confederate line nearly broke on May 6, and Lee attempted to personally lead reinforcements into the desperate fight. Meet at Tour Stop 6 on the Wilderness Battlefield.
7:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. Twice into the Wilderness: A Campfire Program
Join historian Greg Mertz for a special evening campfire program contrasting the issues each army and nation faced as they plunged into the Wilderness during the Chancellorsville and Wilderness campaigns a year apart. Meet at Ellwood Manor on the Wilderness Battlefield.
Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park is proud to announce a series of walking tours, living history demonstrations, and a special campfire program to commemorate the 152nd Anniversary of the Battles of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House this May.
Good walking shoes and water are recommended for each walking tour. All programs are free to the public.