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Commemoration of the Surrender & Freedom Day

April 13 @ 10:00 am 5:00 pm

Free ACWM Members receive free admission to program indoors.
The American Civil War Museum is hosting a series of activities and programs as part of the regional celebration of the Commemoration of the Surrender & Freedom. Visitors can look forward to a fun-filled day with cannon firings, interactive sessions with living historians, demonstrations by the Pallas Athena Ladies Aid Society, and informative sessions about the lives of soldiers, civilians on the homefront, and enslaved and free African Americans during the Civil War. We hope you will join us on April 13th at ACWM – Appomattox!
Registration is for capacity purposes.


Saturday, April 13, 2024

Cannon Demo & Firing

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Join us as we present cannon-firing demonstrations throughout the day commemorating Surrender and Freedom Day. Each program will last approximately 15 minutes.

The African American Experience with the 5th U.S.C.T. Company G Presenters

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

In an hour-long performance, experience the trials, tribulations, and victories of the African American experience from 1804-1870. Ona Lewis brings to life Sojourner Truth’s journey, and Bertram Floyd and Frederick Smith depict the lives of African American men and US Colored Troops through the use of story, poetry, and song.

Reenactor Skirmish12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Reconsidering Longstreet: Gettysburg, Appomattox, New Orleans

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

General James Longstreet is remembered by many as a prominent Confederate general during the American Civil War. He was also reviled by generations of white Southerners as an apostate—both for criticizing the generalship of Robert E. Lee and for becoming Republican during Reconstruction. Join us as Dr. Elizabeth Varon explores Longstreet’s influential postwar political career and connects it to the perennial debates over his wartime record.

This event is included with museum admission

The African American Experience with the 5th U.S.C.T. Company G Presenters

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

In an hour-long performance, experience the trials, tribulations, and victories of the African American experience from 1804-1870. Ona Lewis brings to life Sojourner Truth’s journey, and Bertram Floyd and Frederick Smith depict the lives of African American men and US Colored Troops through the use of story, poetry, and song.

Cannon Demo & Firing followed by Stacking of Arms

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Join us as we present cannon-firing demonstrations throughout the day commemorating Surrender and Freedom Day. Each program will last approximately 15 minutes.

159 Horseshoe Rd
Appomattox, Virginia 24522 United States
(804) 649-1861
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