Posted Tuesday, June 16th, 2015
Step onto the battlefields of the American Civil War, the struggle that altered the political, social, and economic landscape of the nation, and into the lives of those involved at Civil War Weekend on Saturday, June 20, and Sunday, June 21.
The Second New Jersey Brigade is stationed at Historic Speedwell in Morristown, and is the sponsor of this unique two-day event that presents the lives of Civil War soldiers more vividly than textbooks.
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, the re-enactors will lead activities throughout the eight-acre site, presenting the daily lives of soldiers, culminating with a staged skirmish each day. Marching drills include period instruments as soldiers proudly go to battle. A Civil War-era Signals Corps group authentically demonstrates how important messages were sent between units using colorful flags. Don’t miss the demonstration of a recreated Civil War telegraph station.
Enjoy learning about the basics of battlefield medicine for soldiers who suffered injury or disease. Visit the medical area where re-enactors care for the ‘wounded’ and demonstrate how these emergency units ran during the battles. Around every corner there is something new to experience.
While enjoying your visit to the past, tour the National Historic Landmark Factory Building with an interactive, hands-on telegraph exhibit, and the Vail House that was restores more than 150 years ago. Explore the exhibits on the Speedwell Ironworks, a granary full of early farm implements, and watch the enormous 24-doot overshot waterwheel turn in the Wheelhouse.
The fee for the Civil War Weekend is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors (65+), $5 for ages 4 to 16, $4 for ages 2 and 3, and children under 2 are free. Light picnic fare is available for purchase. For more information, please call 973.285.6550 or visit morrisparks.net. Free parking and FREE shuttle service available.