The Civil War Comes to Rockville

by on June 22, 2013
The Civil War Comes to Rockville

A day-long Commemoration of the Events of June 28, 1863 — Saturday, June 29, 10:00am-8:30pm

Enjoy the sights, sounds and music of the 19th Century—including concerts and family activities by Washington Revels vocal ensembles, musicians and actors—as “The Civil War Comes To Rockville” on June 29, 10:00am-8:30pm. This free event (the centerpiece of Heritage Montgomery’s 16th annual Heritage Days Weekend) is part of the sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War, marking the day Confederate General James Ewell Brown (“Jeb”) Stuart raided Rockville, delaying his arrival at the Battle of Gettysburg—a delay that, some historians argue, may have affected the outcome of the battle and changed the course of the Civil War.

Washington Revels is co-sponsoring this event along with the City of Rockville, Heritage Montgomery, the Montgomery County Historical Society, the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, the Convention & Visitors Bureau of Montgomery County, and Peerless Rockville.

Come and enjoy a day filled with concerts, crafts and demonstrations, and appearances by historical figures (including President Abraham Lincoln!). Have fun learning about life in Rockville during the war; take a walking tour of Civil War-related sites; delight in children’s activities and a family sing; and kick up your heels at a community country dance featuring the Roustabout String Band at evening’s end!

Events and activities throughout the day include:

  • Civil War-era Music and Spoken Word (Christ Episcopal Church, two concerts at 11am and 1pm)
    Featuring the Washington Revels’ Heritage Voices, Jubilee Voices and Roustabout String Band. President Abraham Lincoln makes a special appearance and speech during the second concert.
  • Historical Lectures (Historic Red Brick Courthouse, three lectures at 10am, Noon, and 2pm)
    Including a 10-minute cameo appearance by the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices at the start of the Noon lecture on “The Emancipation Proclamation at 150.”
  • Federal City Brass Band (Beall-Dawson Historical Park at 2pm, Courthouse Square at 4pm)
    Authentically costumed and featuring instruments dating from the Civil War era.
  • Civil War-era Craft and Costume Demonstrations (Beall-Dawson Historical Park, 11am-5pm)
  • Voices of History (Beall-Dawson Historical Park, 11 am – 2pm)
    Historic portrayals of Abraham Lincoln, his secretary John Nicolay, and Ann Maria Weems, a former slave on a Rockville farm who, as a young girl, escaped to freedom on the Underground Railroad disguised as a coachboy.
  • Presentations of Civil War-era medicine by Dr. Edward E. Stonestreet (Beall-Dawson Historical Park)
    Portrayed by MCHS interpretive docent Clarence Hickey.
  • Children’s Activities (Beall-Dawson Historical Park, 11am-2pm)
    Including 19th-century songs, stories and crafts by Oran Sandel; a Family Sing by Bruce Hutton and the Roustabout String Band; and a mummers play directed by Danny Pushkin, “Wicked John and the Devil.”
  • J.E.B. Stuart’s Ride Into Rockville (Courthouse Square, 3pm)
    A reenactment of Stuart’s historic ride, on June 28, 1863, into Rockville and capture of local citizens.
  • Family Community Dance (Rockville Town Square, 6:30-8:30pm)
    An old-time country dance for kids and adults alike, with Roustabout String Band and dance caller Janine Smith.

Cost: Free and open to the public!
Date/Time: Saturday, June 29, 2013, from 10am to 8:30pm
Program Details/Locations: http://heritagemontgomery.org/montgomery-county/civil-war-comes-rockville

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