1. “Diary of a Southern Soldier Boy” Presentation – Chesterfield – April 7
2. Family Trek: The Spring Forest at Stratford Hall – Montross – Pre-registration Recommended by April 11
3. Director’s Annual Battlefield Tour – New Market – May 15
4. The Battle of New Market 154th Anniversary Reenactment – New Market – May 19 & 20

 

1. “Diary of a Southern Soldier Boy” Presentation – Chesterfield – April 7

Magnolia Grange House Museum
Chesterfield, Virginia

Saturday, April 7, 2018, from noon to 1 p.m. Cost: This is a free event, open to the public.

H.V. “Bo” Traywick will present a free lecture based on journal entries an ancestor of his wrote when he was a member of the 3rd Regiment, S. C. Volunteers, C. S. A. during the Civil War. Learn the firsthand account of a Confederate infantryman who served from the outbreak of the War Between the States until one of the 1862 Seven Days’ battles near Richmond. The accounts given are also featured in Traywick’s book, A Southern Soldier Boy: The Diary of Sergeant Beaufort Simpson Buzhardt 1838-1862.

Mr. Traywick has a strong military background, having graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1967 with a civil engineering degree and a regular commission in the U.S. Army. His service included qualification as an airborne ranger and command of an engineer company in Vietnam, where he received the Bronze Star.

As an author, in addition to A Southern Soldier Boy: The Diary of Sergeant Beaufort Simpson Buzhardt 1838-1862, Traywick has also penned Virginia lliad: The Death and Destruction of “The Mother of States and Statesmen” and Starlight on the Rails: A Vietnam Veteran’s Long Road Home, among other titles.

 

2. Family Trek: The Spring Forest at Stratford Hall – Montross – Pre-registration Recommended by April 11

Stratford Hall
Montross, Virginia

Saturday, April 14, 2018, from 9:30 to noon. Cost: $10/person, ages 13 years and older; $5/child, ages 6 to 12; children 5 years and younger and Friends of Stratford are free. Pre-registration by April 11 is strongly encouraged. Trekkers should wear appropriate walking shoes, outerwear, and sunscreen, and bring water and insect repellent.

Spend a morning exploring the forests of Stratford Hall as spring awakens flora and fauna from their winter sleep. Stratford Hall’s 2018 Landscape Series will kick off with a family adventure: “Family Trek – The Spring Forest,” featuring a 45-minute presentation in the duPont Library by local master naturalist Harry Puffenbarger who will then lead a hike through the Stratford landscape.

For more information and to register for the event, contact Jon Bachman at 804-493-1972 or jbachman@stratfordhall.org.

 

3. Director’s Annual Battlefield Tour – New Market – May 15

Virginia Museum of the Civil War
New Market, Virginia

Tuesday, May 15, 2018, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $20/person. Cost includes walking tour; participants will receive a bottle of water and light refreshments along the way. The tour is limited to 50 participants; pre-registration is required, and will remain open until spaces are filled.

Explore the battlefield with Civil War historian and Site Director, Lt. Col. Troy D. Marshall, who will explain the action as it took place exactly 154 years ago. Hear the accounts of the battle in the words of the soldiers who were there. The tour includes a visit to the Bushong home, a viewing of the movie Field of Lost Shoes, and a visit to the “bloody cedars.”

Participants should wear comfortable clothing, sunscreen, and walking shoes, and may bring a camp chair if they wish. Tour will include walking on the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park and driving personal vehicles to the nearby Darby’s Inn parking lot.

For more information or to register for the event, contact Lt. Col. Troy Marshall at 866-515-1864 or nmbshp@vmi.edu.

 

4. The Battle of New Market 154th Anniversary Reenactment – New Market – May 19 & 20

Virginia Museum of the Civil War
New Market, Virginia

Saturday, May 19, and Sunday, May 20, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $8/person (ages 10 and older) per day in advance; $10/person (ages 10 and older) per day at the gate. Children 9 years old and younger are free.

Battles will be staged at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.

See one of the oldest continual reenactments in the nation and experience Civil War soldier life as you visit on-going demonstrations and living history presentations prior to and after the battle each day. Explore the sights and sounds of the Civil War with artillery, cavalry, musket firing, camp life, medical corps, and more. Enjoy treats from a variety of food vendors and shop for souvenirs on Sutler Row.

To purchase advance tickets, call 866-515-1864.

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