Civil War To Come To Life At Fredericksburg And Spotsylvania Military Park - Labtor Day Weekend

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Civil War To Come To Life At Fredericksburg And Spotsylvania Military Park
By National Park Traveler Staff

The smell of campfires and the sound of marching feet will once again fill the air at the Sunken Road and Marye's Heights at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park in Virginia on Labor Day weekend.

Civil War reenactors will be on hand to show the weapons, uniforms, and equipment carried by soldiers 157 years ago. You'll be able to watch as troops march in formation, and hear about the fighting techniques used by the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. There also will be camps set up so you can learn how the troops lived "in the field."

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. August 31 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. September 1.

Musket firing demonstrations will occur at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday (may not be suitable for people or animals sensitive to loud noises).

On Saturday evening, an interactive campfire program will begin at 7:30 p.m. to examine the sights, sounds, smells, and feel of battle.

Parking is available at the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center at 1013 Lafayette Boulevard.