Living History: Battle of Glendale on June 30 & Battle of Malvern Hill on July 1, 2012

You’ve got a pair of opportunities to experience living history events this weekend.

On June 30, 2012, you can participate in anniversary tours and programs at the Glendale Battlefield. There’ll be NPS Ranger-led walking tours, demonstrations of medical care during and after the battles as well as of soldier life in camp and on the battlefield. And you can learn about the Gravel Hill community, home to free African Americans during the Civil War. At 6:00 p.m., a two-part, real-time walking tour, “Opportunity Lost: The Final Confederate Push at Glendale Falls Short,” steps off. The tour begins at Whitlock Farm and finishes along Willis Church Road corridor (Long Bridge Road Interpretive Area).

On July 1, 2012, you can participate in anniversary tours and programs at the Malvern Hill Battlefield. There’ll be NPS Ranger-led walking tours, demonstrations of medical care during and after the battles as well as of soldier life in camp and on the battlefield. And you can learn about the role of musicians during the Civil War. At 5:30 p.m., the NPS Ranger-led walking tour, “’It was not war — it was murder’ – Southern Valor vs. Union Firepower” steps off; it follows in the footsteps of the attacking Confederates. Meet at the Confederate artillery position to follow Gen. Magruder’s attack; meet at the Parsonage to follow Gen. D.H. Hill’s. As the two groups converge, experience the
challenge of coordinating these assaults. And at 7:00 p.m., NPS Historians Frank O’Reilly and Robert E.L. Krick will present “Malvern Hill Brings an End to the Seven Days Battles.”

Parking is available at Malvern Hill, 9175 Willis Church Rd, Henrico, and Gravel Hill Community Center, 5417 Long Bridge Road, Henrico. Shuttles will run from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

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