The Battle of Stanardsville in Virginia was a minor skirmish in the war but typical of the small battles which dotted its duration involving both infantry and cavalry. Led by General Custer, union troops were heading for Charlottesville but were overwhelmed by Confederate forces and were forced to retreat.Re -enactments here include encampments, artillery firing, and military drills and demos . At certain times there is even a Civil war ball.
Here you can step back in time to experience what it was like to be a soldier during the civil war. You can learn how to communicate with fellow soldiers using signal flags and can stay in a recreated encampment that’s equipped with a Cookhouse, Field Hospital and fly tents.There is also demonstrations of punishments meted out to soldiers at camps.
*ANDERSONVILLE POW CAMP
Andersonville, or Camp Sumter , in Georgia, as it was officially known, was one of the largest of many Confederate military prisons established during the Civil War. It was built early in 1864 after Confederate officials decided to move the large number of Federal prisoners kept in and around Richmond, Virginia, to a place of greater security and a more abundant food supply .
During the 14 months the prison existed, more than 45,000 Union soldiers were confined here. Of these, almost 13,000 died from disease, poor sanitation, malnutrition, overcrowding, or exposure to the elements. This is the largest POW cemetery in the US.
*The North South Skirmish Association holds a National Competition at Fort Shenandoah each October where
you can attend the National Competition of Skirmishers the largest live fire competition in US.
It is located just outside Winchester, Virginia, a city that changed hands 72 times during the civil war! Unlike Civil War re-enactments, skirmish shooting is done with live ammunition in original or dimensionally certified reproduction military firearms of the period. Skirmishers (who dress in genuine civil war uniforms) show how to fire canons at targets 200yds away as well as a musket and revolvers.Afterwards you can dress up and attend the Blue Grey Ball held in a barn. During the Civil War balls had to be held wherever was available.