Spotsylvania County and the Mason-Dixon Alliance (MDA) welcomes you to the 150th Anniversary Commemoration and Reenactment of the Battles of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Courthouse, to be held May 1-4, 2014. We hope that the information provided here will inspire you to join us for this important and historically accurate commemorative reenactment. This event is unique in two ways. First, the camps and all battle scenarios will be held on the original historical grounds of Spotsylvania Courthouse. Second, all proceeds from this event and related commemorative events will go to historical preservation and, in particular, the development of the Spotsylvania County Museum. While our goal is to hold an important 150th reenactment, we also want to encourage local citizens to better understand their own history and invite them to take part in the 150th Anniversary series. Reenactors have taken on the responsibility of ensuring that the boys of 1861-65 are remembered and honored as they should be, as well as helping to raise money for historic preservation. Spotsylvania County, the Mason-Dixon Alliance and the local sponsors who have contributed to this event are doing their share. We ask for your support to do the same.
In cooperation with the Mason-Dixon Alliance, which also brought you the 150th Anniversary Reenactments of the 1st and then 2nd Manassas/Bull Run; and 150th Chancellorsville, this event will be limited to 7,500 reeenactors. We are planning this event to target over 12,000 spectators per day. We want to make it a unique experience for all. Special care has been taken to allow reenactors to take advantage of the area, tour the adjacent National Park Service (NPS) battlefields and enjoy the local craft fair that coincides with the reenactment. Spotsylvania is dedicated to providing hospitality and a unique experience. Battle of Wilderness and Spotsylvania Courthouse reenactors can access camps on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014, and continue to camp through Sunday night, May 4.
The battles of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Courthouse were the opening stages in Grant’s “Overland Campaign.”For an overview of the Battles of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Courthouse click here
For individual features and articles on the battles check out “News from the Front.”