Sesquicentennial events

July 1862 & 2012

150July 1, 1862 – Battle of Malvern Hill, Richmond (VA)

Then: The Federal line strongly positioned on Malvern Hill, beat back a series of late Confederate charges at twilight, ending the Seven Days Battles. The Richmond National Battlefield Park preserves and interprets a good part of the field with walking trail.

2012: Special ranger tours, living history camps, demonstrations and more planned on the anniversary date.


July 2–mid-August – Union army at Harrison's Landing (VA)

Then: Following the Battle of Malvern Hill, McClellan's Army of the Potomac gathered at Harrison's Landing (Berkeley Plantations) on the north bank of the James River. The army was gradually withdrawn from here to join Gen. John Pope's army then assembling in Northern Virginia. The bugle call Taps was written and first heard here.

2012: Taps 150th anniversary commemoration planned at Berkeley Plantation June 22–24.

Annual guided Civil War tour of Berkeley Plantation set Aug 7.
Berkeley plantation events:

July 13, 1863 – Forrest Raids Murfreesboro (TN)

Then: Confederates led by Gen. N.B. Forrest routed several Union camps in and near Murfreesboro. The dashing event added to the cavalry commander's legend.

2012: The event is interpreted at Oaklands, where Forrest celebrated his 41st birthday that evening.

Living history July 21–22 at Stones River National Battlefield.

July 17, 1862 – First Battle of Cynthiana (KY)

Then: Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan's captured the town during his "First Kentucky Raid," defeating a small Union garrison. A more famous battle (also involving Morgan) was fought here June 11–12, 1864.

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