Friday June 26, 2015 at 5:00 PM EDT
Sunday June 28, 2015 at 3:00 PM EDT

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Hartwood Acres
200 Hartwood Acres
Pittsburgh, PA 15238

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Michael Kraus
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum

"Passing of the Armies"  
2015 Civil War Reenactment 


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Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum and the County of Allegheny will host a Civil War reenactment and living history weekend commemorating the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. The event will be held at Hartwood Acres on June 26, 27 and 28, 2015.   

ABOUT "Passing of the Armies":
On April 9, 1865 the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, under the command of General Robert E. Lee, surrendered at Appomattox Virginia effectively ending the Civil War. Union Major General Joshua L. Chamberlain described the historic event in his 1915 memoirs titled “The Passing of Armies”;

"We Formed...to face the last line of battle, and receive the last remnant of the arms and colors of that great army which ours had been created to confront for all that death can do for life."

After the surrender Southern soldiers were paroled and simply went home. The majority of Union troops, however, were still under arms and made their way to Washington for formal dismissal from Federal service. A two day military parade through the streets of the capitol, the “Grand Review”, was held in late May as a final tribute to the victors. During the month of June the remaining Union army was mustered out of service, sending a flood of veterans home to begin new lives.

Our event, “The Passing of Armies”, will commemorate the 150th anniversary of Lee’s Surrender and the return of soldiers from both armies to their homes to begin the process of national healing.

Whether they fought for the North or South nearly 3 million Americans served in the Civil War. It is estimated 1,100,000 were casualties of war with 620,000 of those being recorded as died in service. 





Event to Feature

JUNE 27 & 28

Saturday 10:30am Ladies Civil War Fashion Show

Sunday 9am Civil War Church Service CANCELLED

Last updated - 6/24/15 

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Civil War Reenactors

  • Authentic camps will be open for the public to see how soldiers lived in the field while moving from battlefield to battlefield
  • Several times during the day Confederate and Union reenactors will demonstrate military drill from the period, showing the basics of tactical movements which were used in battle from 1861 to 1865
  • Each day will feature a battle reenactment, employing the tactics demonstrated in drill performances.
  • Artillery demonstrations daily
  • Field music demonstrations by fife and drum corps
  • Reenactors portraying civilian life of the Civil War era will participate in camp life and other scenarios

Display Area

  • Soldiers & Sailors display area
  • Local historical societies and museums invited to set up display tents or tables
  • Civil War Medical display
  • Civil War Civilian display






Reenactor Information

BREAKING NEWS: Updated 6/19/15

Registration/Gates close 11pm Friday

If you arrive after that, please park in the parking lot on Middle Road & wait until 7am Saturday when registration re-opens

All reenactors wishing to participate must register with the event staff and agree to the following RULES & REGULATIONS - EVENT STANDARDS.

Reenactor Registration Fee: (non-refundable)
$5 - 
until Mar 31, $8 - Apr 1 - May 31, $10 - after Jun 1.

Walk-ons will be accepted at the event but MUST have a unit affiliation. Registrations will be approved as they are received by event  staff before they are officially accepted. 

For additional information or questions, please contact:

   Event Staff -412-621-4253.       

 Information Packet 

REGISTERED REENACTORS (last updated 6/24/15)


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 For additional information or questions, please contact:

Event Staff -412-621-4253.