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History Calendar for week of Sept. 23, 2012

 Spin back in time this Sunday at the 'Taming the Wilderness' event at Ellwood Manor, on the Wilderness Battlefield.
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Date published: 9/25/2012

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"The Testing Time: Six months that would have lasting effects on the Civil War in the East." 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 25. Former U.S. Army Chief of Military History John W. "Jack" Mountcastle addresses Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg. Brig. Gen. Mountcastle, U.S. Army (retired), is kickoff speaker for the Round Table's survey of the sesquicentennial years in the Fredericksburg region. A Vietnam War veteran, this Richmond native instructed at West Point. At University of Mary Washington's Jepson Alumni Executive Center, 1119 Hanover St. Bar opens 5:45 p.m., social 6 p.m., dinner 6:45 p.m., program 7:30 p.m. Advance reservations required; 540/361-2105. Coats and ties; similar attire for ladies. civilwarroundtable fredericksburg.com.

"Taming the Wilderness." 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 30, at Ellwood Manor on the Wilderness battlefield. Travel back to Virginia's 18th-century frontier. Watch craftsmen at work or try it yourself. In the late 1600s, Ellwood was on the edge of civilization. To show how such a home was built and kept, nearly two dozen artisans and re-enactors will demonstrate open-hearth cooking, basket weaving, blacksmithing, preparing hides, spinning and weaving, timber framing, brick and and stone masonry, and making furniture and trim. Westmoreland Longhunters will portray frontiersmen who hunted for the household. Tavern wenches will explain Colonial social life and tavern etiquette. UMW Professor Gary Stanton will discuss Colonial architecture at 1 and 3 p.m. Period games. House tours all day; see recently restored second floor. Free, donations accepted. Water, soft drinks, snacks available for purchase. All proceeds benefit Ellwood Restoration Project. On State Route 20, one-third mile south of Route 3. Look for brown National Park Service sign. fowb.org. Dale Brown, 540/972-9298 or atdalek
Email: brown@verizon.net.

"Mysteries and Conundrums: Killing Fields." 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 1. Noel Harrison and John Hennessy, historians at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, will examine period images of battlefield landscapes--including some taken while fighting was under way--as well as postwar and aerial imagery. Second in an autumn series. npsfr sp.wordpress.com. historypoint.org.

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