2019 Lehigh Valley Civil War Days
Experience history at the 12th Annual Lehigh Valley Civil War Days on June 1-2, 2019 at Whitehall Park in Whitehall, Pennslyvania. The Lehigh Valley Civil War Days weekend will include a battle reenactment each day centering on the events during the early days of the war. This will include fighting in trenches that have been constructed for the event. Learn how the Civil War was fought in 1864 through battle reenactments, discussions with Living Historians and tours of the trenches. Take time to stroll through the Military Camps, talk with the reenactors from both sides, and learn about a Soldier’s Life and activities during the war.
Lehigh Valley Civil War Days
Between Lehigh Valley Civil War Days battle reenactments, walk down the Friends of Camp Geiger’s historical street, featuring the U.S. Sanitary Commission, children’s games, parlor games for adults, a children’s recruiting station and more. Children can simulate joining the war effort at a recruitment station, where they will be given wooden rifles and taught how to load them and go through lineup. Children’s games include jacks and cups and Game of Graces, where children use two rods to toss a hoop back and forth. Visit the Lyceum to learn about Civil War period music and to hear lectures about the war. Infantry and Artillery demonstrations, and period music can be seen throughout the day. The Lehigh Valley Civil War Days Saturday evening twilight concert at the Lyceum will be followed by exciting artillery night firing. Sutlers and food vendor will be on site to serve reenactors and spectators.
Displays and Activities on Camp Geiger Historic Street
- U.S. Sanitary Commission: (Women’s work on the home front to support the war effort)
- Children’s Games: Play the games of children in the 1860s
- Field Hospital: See how the soldiers received medical treatment
- Laundress: Washboards and elbow grease-keeping your clothes clean
- U.S. Sanitary Commission Hospital Cook and Quartermaster: Cooking for the masses and organizing an army on the move
- School: See how children were taught in the 1860s
- Children’s Recruiting Center: Join the Army and learn the life of a soldier
Admission to Lehigh Valley Civil War Days
Free admission for spectators. Donations to benefit Civil War battlefield preservation will be accepted..
Please do not wear period attire or bring weapons to the Lehigh Valley Civil War Daysunless you are a registered participant.
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Lehigh Valley Civil War Days Reenactor Information
$10 until May 15; $15 after May 15
Sutlers fees: $50
Water and wood will be provided. Ice and straw are available to reenactors for small fee. Cavalry, artillery and sutlers are by invitation only.
No reenactor is allowed to set up camp before Friday NOON. We do not have permission before then from the township and the insurance will not cover any accidents prior to the date set for the event.
For More Information: Call Neil Coddington at 610-837-7403; email firstname.lastname@example.org
About Friends of Camp Geiger
The mission of the Friends of Camp Geiger, host organization of the Lehigh Valley Civil War Days, is to unite the many organizations in and around the Lehigh Valley engaged in portraying the different aspects of American Civil War society. Friends of Camp Geiger will work with the united organizations towards the goal of restoring and expanding the Civil War Days event at Whitehall, and striving towards the addition of future events like it. In doing so, our goal is to restore to the Lehigh Valley area, local events seared towards the education and preservation of Americas’ Civil War Heritage, thus “Teaching history through living history”. The Friends of Camp Geiger is named in memory of Christopher Geiger, who passed away in July 2003 while serving in Afghanistan. Geiger also volunteered as a Civil War re-enactor.
Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Lehigh Valley Civil War Days at Whitehall Park in Whitehall, Pennsylvania.
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