154th Battle of New Market reenactment is this weekend

A Union calvary soldier fires his weapon during the Battle of New Market reenactment in 2016. Rich Cooley/Daily file

The 154th anniversary Battle of New Market Reenactment commences at the New Market Battlefield this weekend.

Lt. Col. Troy Marshall, site director for the Virginia Museum of the Civil War, said despite the more modern ways to learn about American history, history enthusiasts still flock by the thousands to commemorate the war.

“There are literally millions of ways people can learn about history, from books to different forms of technology,” Marshall said. “But reenactments like ours are still commemorated around the world, therefore still drawing enthusiasts to our battlefields to learn about one of the oldest reenactments in the nation.”

Spectators will have the opportunity to watch history come alive Saturday as they explore the sight and sounds of the Civil War with artillery, cavalry, musket firing, camp life and medical corps.

Saturday there will be two battles, which Marshall said will show the advance to contact phase. Sunday will commemorate the New Market battle from the day of perspective.

“There’s nothing quite like seeing and smelling history as it unfolds in front of you,” Marshall said. “There’s a realism about it.”

Over a thousand people will make up the various groups of reenactors. Marshall said they would travel from as far away as Maine to participate in this weekend’s event.

“As we approach the 155th anniversary, interest continues to grow as we remember the cost and loss of humanity 154 years ago,” he said.

Spectators will notice a change in this year’s cavalry battle. Marshall said they are highlighting it more this year due to its continued growth.

A variety of food and shop vendors will be onsite offering food and souvenirs that include period clothing to more modern T-shirts and candies on Sutler Row.

“This is a nice, fun, convenient way to remember this historic battle,” Marshall said. “We’re proud to continue sharing this monumental moment in American history.”  

The battle is a rain or shine event.

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If You Go

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Where: New Market Battlefield State Historical Park, 8895 George R. Collins Parkway, New Market.

Admission: $10 for ages 10 and older. Children ages 9 and under are free.