U.S. Colored Troops Civil War Encampment at Fort Ward on Saturday April 8 2017 | News Release | City of Alexandria

U.S. Colored Troops Civil War Encampment at Fort Ward


Learn about the history, training and army life of the U.S. Colored Troops during the Civil War at this special living history encampment at Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site on Saturday, April 8.  The program will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is free.  Activities are weather dependent.

The program features military reenactors from the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Co. B., and the 23rd U.S.C.T., as well as civilian interpreters from The Ladies of the Civil War Era.  Activities will feature camp life, drilling, displays on the U.S.C.T., and interpretation of African American men and women who served the Union war effort.  Units trained and stationed in the Civil War Defenses of Washington will be highlighted.  Historical figures associated with the Washington area will be portrayed, including: Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Major Christian Fleetwood of the 4th U.S.C.T.; Lt. Col. Alexander T. Augusta, a surgeon in the 7th U.S.C.T who became the highest ranking black soldier of the Civil War; and Maj. Henry M. Turner, chaplain of the 1st U.S.C.T.   African American women featured include the successful Washington seamstress Elizabeth Keckley, who also founded the Contraband Relief Association, and the Union spy, Mary Bowser.

Visitors can also learn about Fort Ward’s Civil War history, and the African American community known as “The Fort” which was established on the grounds of present-day Fort Ward Park after the Civil War.

Fort Ward is the fifth largest and best preserved of the extensive system of Union forts that protected the Federal capital of Washington, D.C. during the Civil War.  The Museum features exhibits, programs and events throughout the year.  Fort Ward is owned and operated by the City of Alexandria, and is located at 4301 West Braddock Road in the west end of Alexandria.  For more information about this event, please call 703.746.4848, or visit fortward.org.


The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended.  To request a reasonable accommodation or an alternative format, e-mail FortWardMuseum@alexandriava.gov.

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