Chesterfield County commemorates the Bermuda Hundred Campaign's 150th anniversary early with immersion event April 26-27

On Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27, the Chesterfield County Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Committee will present a unique immersion event to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Bermuda Hundred Campaign. This free, public event will take place at the Clover Hill Athletic Complex, 17901 Genito Rd., Moseley, VA.

The Bermuda Hundred 150th Anniversary Event will demonstrate to visitors what siege warfare and fighting during the Civil War was like in Chesterfield County in May, 1864. Unlike other reenactments, Federal and Confederate re-enactors will not only camp onsite for two nights, awakening at dawn to re-create the battles of Bermuda Hundred, but they will actually dig earthworks to fortify their lines. Visitors to the site will be able to see how Civil War soldiers would have altered the landscape to protect themselves and their positions.

In addition to the battle re-creations and skirmishes, satellite areas interpreting the civilian, slave, medical and U.S. Navy stories will be set up for visitors to explore. Visitors will learn about the infantry, cavalry and artillery branches, as well as clothing, equipment, firearms, camp life and entrenchment construction. Demonstrations of several of the Bermuda Hundred skirmishes, which took place May 14-16, 1864, will be held at 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, and at 8 a.m. on Sunday. A History Village, open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, and 8 a.m.-noon on Sunday, will include educational displays and booths describing American history from many different periods.

General parking will be located at Clover Hill High School, 13301 Kelly Green Lane, Midlothian. Shuttles will be provided to and from the event. The first shuttle will run at 6:45 a.m. on Saturday and 7:45 a.m. on Sunday, and the last will depart Clover Hill High School at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. on Sunday. Handicapped parking will be available at Clover Hill Athletic Complex.

This event is being sponsored by the Chesterfield County Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Committee, in partnership with the Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation, the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia, Richmond National Battlefield Park, Petersburg National Battlefield, Richmond Region Tourism and Petersburg Area Regional Tourism.

For more information and a full schedule of events, see VisitChesterfieldVA.com/bh150.   

BERMUDA HUNDRED CAMPAIGN IMMERSION EVENT SCHEDULE

Saturday, April 26
7-9 a.m.            Skirmish (Immersion Area)
9 a.m.-5 p.m.     History Village open. Enjoy historical displays, rifle and artillery demonstrations, and food vendors. Head up
                         to the Immersion Area and talk to reenactors about the battle for Richmond.
9 a.m.-3 p.m.     Visitors may occupy the trenches (Immersion Area)
2 p.m.               Bermuda Hundred Campaign presentation (History Village) George Fickett, Bermuda Hundred historian
3-5 p.m.            Skirmish (Immersion Area)
5 p.m.               Ceasefire/ History Village closes for the evening
6 p.m.               Event closes to the public/ last shuttle departs Clover Hill Athletic Complex

Sunday, April 27
8 a.m.               History Village open. Enjoy historical displays, rifle and artillery demonstrations, and food vendors. Head up
                        to the Immersion Area and talk to reenactors about the battle for Richmond.
8-9 a.m.            Skirmish (Immersion Area)
9 a.m.               Taps is played/ moment of silence for the fallen (Immersion Area)
9 a.m.-noon       Visitors may occupy the trenches (Immersion Area)
Noon                 Immersion Area and History Village close

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