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Civil War Days is planned for June 1, 2 at Whitehall Parkway

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

On June 1 and 2, Friends of Camp Geiger will sponsor the 11th annual Lehigh Valley Civil War Days at the recreational area of Whitehall Parkway, Church Street.

The event opens 9 a.m. June 1.

The federal attack at Cold Harbor took place June 3, 1864. The battle will be reenacted 3 p.m. June 1.

At 6:30 p.m. June 1, a period dance and concert will be held at the Lyceum. Weather permitting, a rifle firing demonstration is set to take place after the concert. Food and drinks will be available for purchase on site.

On June 2, a re-enactment of the battle of Fort Stedman at Petersburg, Va., will take place starting noon.

Trench battles demonstrating the changing face of war will also be held each day, along with behind-the-scenes tours of the trenches during breaks in the fighting.

Military camps (both Union and Confederate), a field hospital, Victorian parlor pastimes and a recruitment center will be among the offerings held daily. Lectures including Jason Wilson from the Pennsylvania Flag Preservation Project and the Confederation of Union Generals, a Victorian fashion show and period music will be offered at the Lyceum. The military will engage in a rifle relay, and the civilians will test their frying pan-throwing skills.

The event closes 2 p.m. June 2.

Everyone in the Lehigh Valley is invited to attend.

Please do not wear period attire or bring weapons to the event unless you are a registered participant.

Admission is free for spectators. Donations to benefit Civil War battlefield preservation will be accepted but are not required for entrance to the festivities.

For information and directions, visit or call Neil Coddington at 610-837-7403.