WILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Union and Confederate Army re-enactors participate in the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Williamsburg during a commemorative ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5 in Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area.
The commemoration honors the more than 4,000 casualties of both armies in the battle and features an address by nationally renowned Civil War historian Prof. James I. Robertson Jr., Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus in History at Virginia Tech. Robertson is executive director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies and charter member of Virginia's Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. He previously served as executive director of the U.S. Civil War Centennial Commission and is author or editor of more than 20 books that include award-winning studies of the Civil War.
Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area captures the impact of the Civil War with programs throughout the weekend including infantry, cavalry, artillery and military music demonstrations and a military field hospital.
On Friday, May 4 Colonial Williamsburg presents "Wolf by the Ear, Thomas Jefferson and the Pursuit of Freedom." Founding Father Thomas Jefferson reflects on the years since the American Revolution and the great debates over the institution of slavery. Appearing during this live drama are Patrick Henry and Edmund Randolph, who debate ratification of the U.S. Constitution; the Haitian revolutionary Jean Jacque Dessalines; and Henry Clay, the renowned orator and speaker of the House of Representatives. Live music from the early years of the American republic accent this program at 7:30 p.m. in the Kimball Theatre.
For more information, visit www.history.org or call 1-800-HISTORY.
Williamsburg is located just off I-64, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour's drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C.
SOURCE Colonial Williamsburg Foundation