The Commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War and Emancipation officially begins in Manassas, site of the first major battle of the Civil War. Visit this week to attend the many events leading up to the battle reenactment.
- July 21 – Sesquicentennial Commemorative Concert at Hylton Performing Arts Center – Americana music featuring opera star Denyce Graves and conductor Lorin Maazel with the Castleton Festival Orchestra.
- July 21-24 – Confederate Headquarters at Liberia Mansion – Catch of Glimpse of this 1825 mansion serving as it did in 1861 for Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard and his officers before the Battle of First Manassas. Interpretations of William James Weird (Liberia owner), General Beauregard, President Jefferson Davis, and lady spy Rose Greenhow.
- July 22-23 – Pringle House Hospital Grand Opening – The Ben Lomond Historic Site has undergone a transformation back to July 1861 – its time as the Pringle House Confederate Field Hospital. New exhibits chronicle the hectic and traumatic experiences of the medical staff, soldiers, and civilians who occupied the hospital. Ribbon cutting at 10:30 a.m.
- July 22-23 – Director’s Cut of God’s and Generals – Reservations required. Panel discussion by director/producer Ron Maxwell. Actors Robert Duvall, Jeff Daniels, and Steven Lang have been invited. Exclusive screening.
- July 23 – Sesquicentennial Blue and Gray Ball at Harris Pavilion – Dance the night away! Period dress, music, and food under the stars.
- July 23-24 – 150th Anniversary of First Manassas Reenactment – No access without ticket; site accessible by shuttle only. Special ranger tours of the battlefield, military demonstrations of musket and artillery firing, soldier life encampment, living history impressions, and music. Expect 12,000-14,000 reenactors for this historically accurate battle reenacment to be played out both days.
See many more events and exhibitions at www.Virginia.org/FirstManassas.
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