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Date: March 29, 2002
Contact: Jim Meisner Jr., DCR Public Relations Specialist, (804) 786-8442,

Sailor's Creek Civil War battle re-enactment April 6-7

(SAILOR'S CREEK, VA.) - The smell of gunpowder will again fill the air at Sailor's Creek Battlefield Historic State Park during reenactments of the last major battle of the Civil War. Sponsored by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Sayler's Creek Reenactment and Preservation Committee Inc., the commemoration of the battle will be April 6-7.

Visitors will return to this quiet crossroads of Virginia for the 137th anniversary of the battle that sealed the fate of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia and precipitated the surrender at nearby Appomattox 72 hours later.

Living history demonstrations are scheduled Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and include Confederate and Federal encampments, demonstrations, and tours of the historic Hillsman House, which served as a Union field hospital. A reenactment of the battle of Little Sailor's Creek will begin Saturday at 1:30 p.m., concluding with a ceremony honoring the men who died on that field of battle. The first reenactment of the battle of Lockett's Farm will be Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Daily admission, including parking, is $10 per car, $15 per nine-passenger van and $50 per charter bus. Refreshments and Civil War commemorative items will be on sale.

The park is in Amelia County on State Route 617. To reach the park, use State Route 307, a connecting highway between U.S. Routes 360 and 460, then follow the signs to Sailor's Creek. Route 617 between Route 620 and Route 618 will be closed to traffic. Parking is approximately 1.5 miles from the Hillsman House and adjacent to the re-enactors' field camps and the sutler vendors. A shuttle bus will be provided for people needing special assistance.

For more information on the activities at Sailor's Creek, call Twin Lakes State Park at (804) 392-3435.

Campgrounds and cabins at nearby Twin Lakes State Park in Green Bay, Va., are available for overnight accommodations. To make a reservation at this or any other state park campground or cabin, call 1-800-933-PARK (7275) or for more state parks information visit the DCR Internet site at <>


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