The 2nd US Cavalry will perform two demonstrations at the annual BooGrass Festival, held at the Wakefield Airfield and 4-H Center, Wakefield, VA.
The Battle of Brandy Station was one of history's greatest cavalry engagements, with over 17,000 cavalry engaged in battle. Although the Union advance was repelled, this battle broke the Confederate Cavalry's dominance.
Due to circumstances, this event will now be held 1-2 October. On Saturday, participants will engage in a staff ride of the battlefield, that will include a cavalry charge in the original location. On Sunday, participants will engage in a tactical event. Because of the nature of this event, spectator viewing may be limited although there is an area near the Brandy Station Volunteer Fire Department from where some of the action may be viewed on Sunday.
Elements of the 2nd U.S. Cavalry will participate in living history and reenactment in the town of Union, WV, that was occupied by Federal forces in 1864. We will recreate several events known to have happened during this occupation, including skirmishes and interactions between Federal and Confederate forces, and the local population. The event will take place on the grounds of Elmwood, an antebellum plantation house, and on the streets of Union, WV. The town of Union will also host a period Civil War dance.
The 153rd Anniversery Reenactment of the Battle of Dry Creek will be held on August 20 and 21, 2016 at the Greenbrier State Forest off of Exit 175, Interstate 64. A Tactical will be held on Saturday morning with Infantry, Calvary and Artillery. At 1:30 p.m., a "live fire" cannon target competition will take place. A night firing of the cannons will occur shortly after sunset. On Sunday the re-enactment of the Battle of Dry Creek will begin at 1:30 p.m.
Museum visitors will time-travel to the year 1865 with the sounds of muskets, cannons, and horses' hooves beating the ground. Combat was more intense, while civilians were uncertain about what the future would hold. The historic village takes on the guise of a border town, with civilians busy with trying to maintain a normal life, while dealing with the wartime shortages, mixing school lessons and farm duties with rallies, sewing for soldiers, caring for the wounded and dealing with solders encamped around their homes.
The reenactment will be held on the historic Chitwood Farm in Georgia, a 650 acre section of the original battlefield. For more information please visit the Battle of Resaca Reenactment website.
The Battle of New Market Reenactment takes place on the original 1864 battlefield. It is the site of the oldest annual battle reenactment in the nation. All events are at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War and New Market Battlefield State Historical Park.
The first of the Morgan’s Cavalry Trilogy Reenactments. This event is being held in Cynthiana, KY from April 29 through May 1, 2016. This event will tell the story of Morgan’s start in the Civil War, including the raising of his first unit and his first raid into Kentucky in 1862. The event will include first person history retelling, skirmishes, and historic rides across the fields and roads of Harrison County, Kentucky as Morgan maneuvers his men to capture the town of Cynthiana against the Union garrison troops occupying and defending the town.
Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Historical State Park in Amelia County, Virginia will host a living history day on Saturday April 9 from 10-5pm. The day’s events include a Confederate Infantry demonstration at 10:30, a Federal Cavalry demonstration (featuring the 2nd US, CO. A) at 11:30, and a Federal Infantry demonstration at 1:00. The Hillsman house (used as a field hospital during the battle) will also be open with various activities and tours. Re-enactor camps will also be open for guests to meet infantry soldiers, cavalry troopers and cavalry horses.
The Battle of Namozine Church, VA, occurred on April 3, 1865 during the Appomattox Campaign. Cavalry forces will participate in a tactical on Saturday morning, that culminates in a battle on Saturday afternoon. Spectators will be able to watch the battle that will be held close to the old Namozine Church in Amelia County, VA.