Celebrate History at Fort Stevens this Saturday!

Fort StevensCommemorate the Civil War Battle of Fort Stevens on Saturday, July 14th from 10 am to 4 pm.  Witness military and civilian reenactors, hourly musket firings, living history demonstrations, live period music  and special programs for children and teens.

The action takes place at Historic Fort Stevens, located on Quackenbos St. NW between 13th & Georgia Ave NW.

There will be a memorial service at Battleground National Cemetery at 6625 Georgia Avenue NW at 3:30 pm

This event is sponsored by Sponsored by the National Park Service with help of the Alliance to Preserve the Civil War Defenses of Washington.

The preliminary schedule is posted below:

PROGRAM – Battle of Fort Stevens 154th Anniversary – July 14, 2018
8:30 – 10 AM Sierra Club Hike – Ft. Reno to Ft. Stevens, morning; to Ft. Totten, afternoon. Contact: russnorfleet@verizon.net
9: 45 AM Big Tent – Musical Prelude – Takoma Park Community Band
10:15 AM MC/Official Opening: Kym Elder, NPS Program Manager, Civil War Defenses of Washington
• Presentation of Colors: Walter Reed Army Institute of Joint Forces’ Color Guard Team
• National Anthem: Annette Singletary
• Greetings: Julia Washburn; Rock Creek Park Superintendent; Loretta Neumann, President,
Alliance to Preserve the CWDW; Brandon Todd, Ward 4 Councilmember
• Speaker – William Connery, General Jubal Early’s Missed Steps Leading to Fort Stevens
• Musical Presentation: Douglas Jimerson and the Civil War Comrades
• Introductions: Gen Lew Wallace, Gen. Jubal Early, Frederick Douglas and afternoon program
• Keynote Speaker – Dr. Frank Smith, African Americans in the Civil War
• Closing Music: Annette Singletary
11:15 AM Call to Arms and Firings: Dwane Starlin, Bugler; 61st Penn. Volunteer Infantry. Cpt, Christopher Monzi.
11:30 – 4 PM Afternoon Programs:
• Manual of Arms & Firings (Fort Stevens Field) – 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 PM
• Talks about Ft Stevens, at the Map, NPS Ranger Steve Phan – 12, 1, 2, and 3 pm
• Kids & Teens Tent –Civil War era games and activities, visits by Gen. Jubal Early (Mike Sipes),
Gen. Lew Wallace (Gary Thompson) & Frederick Douglass (Michael Crutcher)
• Big Tent
12 -12:40 PM Slavery/What led to the Civil War – Frederick Douglas (Michael Crutcher)
12:45 – 1:25 PM Battles of Monocacy/Ft Stevens – Brian Dankmeyer, Monocacy NB Ranger
1:45 – 2:45 PM Civil War Dancing – Civil War Dance Foundation
• Small Tent Talks
12 -12:40 PM Construction of the CWDW – Bob Meffert
12:45 – 1:25 PM Civil War Musical Signals & Daily Bugle Calls – Dwane Starlin
1:30 – 2:10 PM What They Wore: Civil War Uniforms & Mid-19th Century Ladies Clothing-
Bryan Cheeseboro, Jason Panek and Annette Bethke
Living History Demonstrations Throughout the Afternoon
• Military: Union- 54th Massachusetts, 61st Pennsylvania; Confederate- 55th Virginia
• F.R.E.E.D. – Female RE-Enactors of Distinction (Women Civil War re-enactors)
• Civil War Nurse, Clara Barton – Sue Sodomin
• Elizabeth (“Aunt Betty”) Thomas – Donise Stevens (2 – 4 pm)
• Civil War Life – Denise Benedetto (Women of the American Civil War); Tami Cheeseboro,
Annette Bethke, Heather Hook, Mandy Kallal (Potomac Citizens)
• Balloon Corps, Thaddeus Lowe, Aeronaut – Kevin Knapp
• Apothecary impression – Kent & Melissa Schod
• Civil War Story of Compassion & Reconciliation – The Benson-Rice Storytellers
• Sutler Saul Goode – John Peterson
• Music – Military fife & drum, Claude Bauer, Dave Embrey, Daniel Wilson and Chuck Riley;
Period music by Douglas Jimerson and the Civil War Comrades.
Food: GSI and BBQ Bus Smokehouse (food truck)
Authors & book sales: William Connery, Robert Oshel, Cheryl Gooch, Andrea Seiger
Exhibitors – Representatives of Civil War groups, historical organizations, community associations,
National Civil War Medical Museum, Clara Barton House, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
2:30 PM Walk to Historic Walter Reed and Memorial Service at Battleground National Cemetery – Meet at the Ft. Stevens flagpole at 2:15.
3:30 PM Memorial Service, Battleground Cemetery. Historical remembrance by Gordon Berg. Laying of flags & taps
4:00 PM All programs end.

Note: Program subject to change.


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