Henry Hardenbergh captures a Confederate standard at the Second Battle of Deep Bottom, Virginia – August 16, 1864. Original painting, by military artist Keith Rocco, hangs in Tinley Park, Illinois Village Hall. (Courtesy Keith Rocco)
Major General Benjamin Butler faced Major General P.G.T. Beauregard in the most under-studied and least known campaigns in the American Civil War.
150th Anniversary Event
The Bermuda Hundred Campaign is one of the most under-studied and least known campaigns in the American Civil War. For the better part of a month, troops under the command of Major General P.G.T. Beauregard thwarted attempts by the men of the Army of the James, under Major General Benjamin Butler, to attack the “back door” of Richmond while General Grant and the powerful Army of the Potomac slammed away north of Richmond.
The Bermuda Hundred 150th Anniversary Event is a public event that will demonstrate what the siege warfare and fighting during the Civil War would have looked like in May 1864, with as much accuracy as is possible. There will be several elements to this program, which will enable visitors to see, touch and experience what it would have been like in the midst of the battle in Chesterfield County.
The site will literally recreate, by hand and machine, Federal and Confederate lines of earthworks for living historians to occupy. Additionally, there will be a Combat Immersion Area where for 36 hours, reenactor will live, sleep, work and fight exactly as the soldiers would have done 150 years ago.
This will be a Civil War reenactment unlike any other, so mark your calendar now for April 25-27.
Date: April 25 – 27, 2014
Location: Chesterfield County, Virginia
Address: 17901 Genito Road, Moseley, VA 23120
Admission Fee: TBA