First Corps Event: Ball's Bluff Battlefield and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Ed Suplee, Licensed Battlefield Guide
September 6-7, 2013
Registration deadline: August 23, 2013
First Corps Members and their guests
$175 Includes Lunch and Banquet
$8.00 Friday Night presentation
The First Corps Event is open to First Corps members and their guest(s). For this event, we will first travel to the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Maryland where we will be given a guided tour of the facilities and exhibits. After the museum, participants will have some free time to explore Frederick on their own. the tour will then travel to the Ball's Bluff Battlefield just outside of Leesburg, Virginia for a guided tour by Licensed Battlefield Guide Ed Suplee. Also located on the site is the third smallest National Cemetery containing twenty-five soldiers. The Ball's Bluff battle on October 21st, 1861 was a small but consequential defeat for the Union, occurring just months after the Union Army's rout after the First Battle of Bull Run in July. It had great political importance as this defeat led directly to the creation of the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War and demonstrated to the North that the American Civil War would indeed be long and difficult.
Special Presentation: Friday evening with Licensed Battlefield Guide Renae MacLachlan titled "Inside the Treasures of the Civil War" at 7 p.m. in the Ford Education Center classroom will explore the research and stories behind the new Treasures of the Civil War museum exhibit opening June 2013.