Civil War Encampment

Civil War Encampment

Civil War Encampment
SATURDAY, JULY 17, 2021 |
SUNDAY, JULY 18, 2021

1863 in Carroll County, Maryland: Invasion and Retreat

Citizen Meets Soldier” is a living history of 1863 in Carroll County, Maryland. Join us at Union Mills to commemorate the events of the hot summer of 1863, in the wake of the Second Invasion of the North. Walk in the footsteps of the citizens of Carroll County, Maryland, who were divided in their loyalties, and the Union and Confederate soldiers who camped along Big Pipe Creek at Union Mills in the days prior to Gettysburg.

Union Mills’ Civil War Encampment will celebrate and commemorate the excitement of the Civil War in Carroll County, Maryland. The Union Mills Homestead Foundation, Inc. is pleased to host this event, recreating the period that culminated in the pivotal Battle of Gettysburg.

In the days surrounding Lee’s Second Invasion of the North, small towns in Carroll County — including Union Mills — saw the movement of both Union and Confederate Armies, supply wagons, injured soldiers, and an important skirmish occurred in nearby Westminster. There, Union Cavalry charged headfirst into Confederate Cavalry under the command of Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart. But for a few hours, a battle may well have occurred at Union Mills, as it lay dead center in the Union Army’s defensive line along Big Pipe Creek and Union Mills served as the site of overnight encampments by both Stuart’s Confederate Cavalry and Sykes’ Fifth Corps of the Union Army. Stuart’s Cavalry pulled out of Union Mills just hours before the Union Army arrived! Tactical reenactments, encampments, living history portrayals, and historic displays interpreting this period will take place on the scenic and spacious grounds of the Union Mills Homestead.

To register, download and print the form below, then mail us the completed form with a check, payable to the “Union Mills Homestead Foundation, Inc.”:
Union Mills Homestead
3311 Littlestown Pike
Westminster, MD 21158


 Detailed Schedule for 2021 to be determined

(Exact times and additional events TBA, event schedule subject to change;  check back)

  • Saturday, July 17, 2021:
    9:00   Grounds Open
    10:00  Music and Civilian interpretation at the porch
    11:00   Meet Brig. Gen. Barnes at the porch / Music with Fife and Drum and singing of “When This Cruel War is Over”
    12:00  TBA
    2:00    TBA
    2:30   Music with Fife and Drum at the porch
    3:00  Wirt & Mary – A Civil War Love Story (on the porch)
    4:00   Grounds Close
    7:00   TBA – Dance will not be held in 2021
    9:00   Twilight Cannonade
  • Sunday, July 18, 2021:
    9:00   Grounds Open
    10:00  Religious Service (Tannery)
    11:00  Pipe Creek Reconnaissance Report (between the House and Mill)
    12:00  Send-off to the Union Army / Brig. Gen. Barnes and Music at the porch including singing of “When This Cruel War is Over”
    12:30  TBA
    1:30  Meet the Generals (Meet Brig. Gen. James Barnes & Staff in their camp along the millrace, past the comfort station)
    3:00   Camp Breakdown begins
Park Entrance Fees ($10/car) include:
  • Living history reenactments
  • Civil War Encampment
  • House and mill walk-through tours
  • Military drills
  • Civil War religious service (Sunday 10am)

Civil War Dance – Canceled for 2021

at Union Mills Homestead Saturday, 7–9pm

Featuring period dancing — period attire “admired, not required.”
Lots of jigs, reels and old-time tunes; dances will be taught.
Concluding Artillery Twilight Fire: 9:15pm

Admission included with park admission,
or as a separate ticket at $5 per person
(email [email protected] or call for details)

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