Visit Henricus for Battle of Trent’s Reach event on January 19

Join Henricus Historical Park on Saturday, Jan. 19 for an event recognizing Medal of Honor recipient 2nd Lt. Walter Thorn, 116th United States Colored Troops, for his heroic efforts in the Battle of Trent’s Reach in January of 1865. Thorn ran atop the bulkhead of the canal at Dutch Gap just before it exploded to rescue a sentry who was not pulled off duty. This event will focus on the lives of military and civilian people during the Civil War with lectures, tours and an exhibition highlighting Civil War artifacts found at Henricus.

Featured activities include living history demonstrations of the daily lives of soldiers and women who supported the sick and wounded. An exhibition highlighting Civil War artifacts found at Henricus will take place in the Education Center throughout the day. In the same location, one-hour lectures will take place during the event:

11a.m. – John M. Coski, Historian and Library Director at the Museum of the Confederacy: “The Confederate James River Squadron.”

12:30 p.m. – Anna Gibson Halloway, Ph.D., Vice President, Museum Collections and Programs at The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News: “Naval Technology in the Civil War.”

1:30 p.m. – Taft Kiser, Archeologist with Cultural Resources, Inc.: “The Battle of Trent’s Reach.”

2:30 p.m. – Dr. Francis DuCoin, Expert on Civil War Ironclads: “Ironclads on the James River After Trent’s Reach.”

Van tours of the Battle site will take place at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Pontoon boat tours of the Battle site will occur at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. To register for either 45-minute tour, call (804) 318-8727 or email beasleyds@chesterfield.gov by Jan. 12. Van tours are $10 and boat tours are $30 per person. Both tours include access to lectures, exhibitions and living history demonstrations.

“There is no better time to explore Civil War history at Henricus Historical Park than during the Sesquicentennial Commemoration,” said Charles Lewis Grant, executive director.

“While Henricus is known for significant colonial milestones, the site also boasts rich Civil War history due to its prime location as a military outpost on a bluff overlooking the James River.”

Admission for this event which takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is free for Henricus Foundation Patrons, $8 for adults and $6 for children aged 3-12. Henricus Historical Park is located on 32 acres along the scenic and historic James River and is surrounded by the 810-acre Dutch Gap Conservation Area. Only 20 minutes from Richmond, the park is located at 251 Henricus Park Rd., Chester. Call (804) 748-1611 for more information.

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