Market Battlefield State Historical Park is the site of the
battle reenactment in the nation.
Reenactment featured in American-Journal
18 and 19, 2013
The Battle of New Market
Reenactment is a unique historical experience
taking place on the original 1864 battlefield.
All events are at New Market Battlefield State Historical
unless otherwise indicated.
for additional information:
Saturday May 18
||Adventure Camp-Ages 7-12 *Requires Pre-registration
Opens to the Public.
camp life, Living History at Bushong Farm.
Demonstration on the battlefield.
||NPS Ranger program called “Avenue of Invasion: The Shenandoah Valley in 1863”in front of the Virginia Museum of the Civil War.
||Reenactment: Second Battle of Winchester.
Camps closed to public during and after battle.
Closed To Public.
Sunday May 19
Opens to the Public.
History at Bushong Farm.
Service in camp.
||Reenactment: The Battle of New
Market. Camps closed to public during and after battle.
Closed to Public.
Adult: $10.00 for all persons age 10 and over per day.
(age 9 and under free!)
New Market Residents: Free with proof of residency (driver's
Tickets are non-refundable. This includes admission to the Virginia
Museum of the Civil War. There is no parking fee. Handicapped
Sorry, no pets allowed.
For more information call: 540-740-3101
or toll free 1-866-515-1864
The Saturday, May 18, battle will be held at 2:00 p.m.
The Sunday, May 19, battle will begin at 1:30 p. m.
Experience Civil War Soldier Life: visit
on-going demonstrations and living history presentations prior to and
after the battle each day. Travel back in history to the sights and sounds
of the Civil War with Signal
Corps, and much more.
Shenandoah Valley Food.
benefit the New Market area not-for-profit organizations.
Discover the life of the Sutlers
the areas on both days.
Learn what sutlers did and what they sold and maybe even buy a special
era treasure to take home for yourself!
° Where and
when can I purchase tickets?
Tickets are available from gate attendants
at the entrance to the Park. Adult: $10.00 for all persons age 10 and over per day.
Age 9 and under free! The Park gates open to the public at 8:00 a.m., but the reenactor’s
camps are not open to the public until 10:00 a.m.
° Where is the best place for viewing the reenactment?
Narration of the reenactment over a PA system
will take place in front of the Field of Lost Shoes, just north of the
Bushong Farm. This is the largest gathering area for spectators, although
some spectators “follow” the soldiers as they move from the
southern section of the Park to the climax of the Battle at the northern
° Are there food vendors?
Yes, many civic organizations offer a variety
of light refreshments.
° Can I bring a picnic lunch?
Yes, and feel free to bring a lawn chair or
blanket to sit on.
° What is a sutler?
In the 19th century sutlers traditionally followed
the armies to sell items not available to the soldiers that were not government
issue, such as coffee, yard goods, paper and writing instruments, sweet
treats, tobacco, patent medicines, reading materials, buttons, accoutrements,
etc. This tradition continues today at reenactments nationwide.
° What do we do if it rains?
In over 42 years of hosting the reenactment
we have only cancelled the reenactment a few times, and those cancellations
took place after torrential downpours that threatened the safety of the
horses and riders. The reenactment is usually held rain or shine. Tickets
° Are there activities and events to attend before the reenactment?
Yes, your ticket includes admission to the Virginia Museum of the Civil War. In the Museum you can view the 47 minute award
winning Field of Lost Shoes, the exhibits on the Battle of New Market,
and the Virginia Room, which follows the story of the war in Virginia.
Also, there are living history presentations on the farm, a period church
service on Sunday, a signal corps and artillery demonstrations, and opportunities
throughout the weekend to walk through the camps and interact with reenactors.
Camps close to the public immediately following the reenactment.
° What is the difference between the "tactical reenactment"
and the "battle reenactment" listed in the schedule of events?
The tactical reenactment gives
the opposing commanders a chance to “war game,” that is to
say, "fight" their own battle with
artillery, cavalry, infantry, and signal corps as it evolves
at the time-- it does not follow the historic action. A battle
reenactment is closely scripted to the facts of the historic
° Is there a lot of walking involved?
A moderate amount of walking is required to get
from the designated parking areas to the sutlers row, concessions, the
farm, camps, and the museum. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
° Can I bring my pet?
No pets are permitted in the park grounds, in
parking areas, or in vehicles (attended or unattended) with the exception
of service animals and registered cavalry horses.
° Is there handicapped parking available?
Yes. Please let the gate and parking attendants
know that you require handicapped parking.
Ron Paull, Event Manager
Gettysburg, PA 17325
All information Subject to Change
Market Battlefield State Historical Park