Civil War Encampment

Civil War Encampment

Civil War Encampment
SATURDAY, JULY 15, 2023 |
SUNDAY, JULY 16, 2023

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! Living history portrayals, encampments, and historic displays interpreting this period will take place on the scenic and spacious grounds of the Union Mills Homestead.

For living historians and re-enactors 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

Registration Form

(2023 event will showcase stations as described below, available during the following hours. Schedule subject to change)

  • Saturday, July 15, 2023:
    9:00   Grounds Open
    4:00   Grounds Close
  • Sunday, July 16, 2023:
    9:00   Grounds Open
    10:00  Religious Service (Tannery)
    3:00   Camp Breakdown begins

Living History Stations for 2022 Event:

  • Meet the General – Maj. General Sykes and Staff
  • Shriver family at Union Mills
  • Medical Staff
  • Blacksmith
  • Grist Mill
  • Artillery
  • Engineers
  • Meet the General – Jubal Early and Staff
Park Entrance Fees ($10/car) include:
  • Living history reenactments
  • Civil War Encampment
  • Limited house and mill walk-through tours (Saturday 10 am  – 3 pm  and Sunday 11 am – 3 pm)
  • Military drills
  • Civil War religious service (Sunday 10am)

Civil War Dance – to be determined

When held features 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

Please contact us with any questions:

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