New Market Battlefield State Historical Park is the site of the
oldest annual battle reenactment in the nation.

Reenactment featured in American-Journal


150th Anniversary of

May 16, 17 and 18, 2014
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 Park
unless otherwise indicated.

for additional information: newmarketevent@embarqmail.com

Thursday, May 15

 

150th Anniversary Battle of New Market Tour-- a detailed "on this spot, at this moment" exploration of the battle. Pre-registration required; limited to 50. Click to learn more...

   

Friday, May 16

10:00

Grounds Open to the Public

ALL DAY

Living History: At the Bushong Farm

11:00

Opening Gun Salute (Spectator Viewing at the Days Inn)

11:00-11:45

Program: Telegraphy and the Battle of New Market with John Hunsaker (Activities Tent)

1:00- 2:00 Meet the Author: Award Winning NY Times Best Selling Author Jeff Shaara. Book signing to follow. (Activities Tent)
1:30- 2:30 Lecture: "Life in the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War" by authors Elsie Newcomer and Janet Ramsay (VMCW). Book Signing to follow.

3:30

REENACTMENT--Thunder Along Smith Creek, May 13, 1864 (Spectator Viewing Area)

4:30- 5:30 Book Signing with Author Jeff Shaara (Sutler Row)

5:00

Grounds Closed to the Public

 

 

Saturday, May 17

9:30-12:00

ADVENTURE CAMP -ages 7-12. REQUIRES PRE-REGISTRATION-Click to learn more...

10:00

Grounds Open to the Public

10:00- 11:00 Lecture: "New Market!" by author Charlie Knight. Book signing to follow. (VMCW)

10:00-2:00

Living History: Camp life, Farm life (in the camps and at the at Bushong Farm)

11:00

Artillery Demonstration (Spectator Area)

11:00- 11:45

Interpretive Program: The Battle of New Market (Benches in front of VMCW)

11:30- 12:30 Book Signing: Author Charlie Knight (Sutler Row)
12:00- 12:45 Program: A Conversation With Jeff Shaara, award winning NY Times best selling author. Book signing to follow. (Activities Tent)
1:00- 1:30 Book Launch: Mother Bushong's Sponge Cake by author Stacey Nadeau, foodways scholar. Book signing to follow (Activities Tent)
1:30- 2:30 Program: 1864, The Year in Fashion, with Kay Gnagey, 19th century fashion historian (Activities Tent) Click to learn more...
1:30- 2:30 Book Signing: Author Charlie Knight (Sutler Row)

2:30

REENACTMENT--Battle of New Market: the Opening Engagement, May 14, 1864 (Spectator Viewing Area)

3:45- 4:45 Book Signing: Author Jeff Shaara (Sutler Row)
3:45- 4:45 Book Signing: Author Stacey Nadeau (Sutler Row)

5:00

Grounds Closed to the Public

 

 

Sunday, May 18

10:00

Grounds Open to the Public

10:00- 10:45 Church Service (Activities Tent)
10:00- 11:00 Book Signing: Author Jeff Shaara, award winning NY Times best selling author (Sutler Row)

10:00-1:30

Living History: Camp life, Farm Life (in the camps and at the Bushong Farm)

11:00- 12:00

Book Signing: Author Charlie Knight (Activities Tent)

12:30- 1:30 Program: A Conversation With Jeff Shaara. Book signing to follow. (Activities Tent)

2:00

REENACTMENT-Battle of New Market, May 15, 1864 (Spectator Viewing Area)

5:00

Grounds Closed to the Public

( Click on image to download a printable PDF of the reenactment map.)


Ticket Information:

Save time and money by purchasing your tickets in advance--
available after January 1, 2014 by calling (866) 515-1864,
Adult: $8.00 for all persons age 10 and over per day.
(age 9 and under free!) Tickets are non-refundable.

At the front gate May 16-18, 2014
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 license)

Tickets are non-refundable. This includes admission to the Virginia Museum of the Civil War. There is no parking fee. Handicapped parking available.
Sorry, no pets allowed.

For more information call: 540-740-3101
     or toll free 1-866-515-1864

Battles: Friday, May16 at 3:30 P.M. ; Saturday, May 17, battle at 2:30 P.M.
Sunday, May 18, battle at 2:00 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, Artillery, Cavalry, Musket firing, Camp life, Medical Corps, and much more.

Enjoy Shenandoah Valley Food.
Proceeds benefit the New Market area not-for-profit organizations.

Discover the life of the Sutlers
throughout the areas on both days.
Learn what sutlers did and what they sold and maybe even buy a special Civil War
era treasure to take home for yourself!

Reenactor on-line registration

Look Who's Coming--Sutlers who have signed up!

Reenactment FAQ’s:

° 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 end.

° 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. In the interest of public security, coolers are not allowed.

° Can I bring a backpack?
In the interest of public security, no backpacks will be allowed on the grounds during the reenactment weekend.

°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 non-refundable.

° 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 battle.

° 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?
In the interest of public security, 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.


Event By:

Ron Paull, Event Manager
M&R Productions
2449 Heidlersburg
Gettysburg, PA 17325
717-528-4064
newmarketevent@embarqmail.com

All information Subject to Change
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