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Fort plans Civil War event

Posted on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 5:04 pm

FORT A.P. HILL – Fort A.P. Hill will host an event later this month commemorating the 150th anniversary of the end of the 1862-63 winter encampment of Lt. Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson and the Confederate II Corps.

The event, the Civil War Sesquicentennial Winter Quarters Exhibition, will be held at historic Liberty Church and the Travis Lake Historic District on the Army installation March 30.

The event, to be held from noon to 3 p.m. and open to the public, will highlight historic features and landscapes that were used by Confederate soldiers during the winter of 1862-1863, including Liberty Church and the remains of a Civil War camp site.

At Liberty Church, there will be Civil War displays about life in winter quarters and presentations on the role of religion and chaplains during war.  The historic and modern roles of military chaplains will be discussed by Army Chaplain (Lt. Col.) James “Dusty” Gray and Civil War re-enactors with the 47th Virginia Infantry, Company I.

Across the road from Liberty Church will be a replica Civil War hut where re-enactors will display and discuss Civil War camp life in winter quarters.  Near the replica hut, archaeologists will interpret a site where bricks for Liberty Church were made and discuss 19th-century brick-making and the construction of the church.

Walking tours will be conducted from Liberty Church to a former Civil War camp site in the Travis Lake Historic District.  Visitors will be guided through Civil War features that include old roads and rows of hut depressions on the hillsides above Travis Lake. Appropriate attire, such as pants, long sleeves, and walking or hiking shoes, is recommended.

Access for the event will be through the Villeboro Gate on Route 2 north of Bowling Green.  All visitors must have proper identification and vehicle registration and insurance documents to enter the installation. Weapons, alcohol, metal detectors and other contraband items are not permitted.

Visitors are reminded that the excavation, removal, or alteration of artifacts or archaeological resources on public lands is prohibited, and violators may be subject to civil or criminal penalties. To avoid potential problems, visitors are asked to report to the installation gate all personal items over 100 years old in their possession at time of entry.