Save the date!
September 28-29, 2013
9 am - 5 pm, rain or shine
Wade House Admission prices
|Students/Seniors (65 & older)
(children under 5 are free)
|Family (up to two adults and two or more dependent children 5-17)
What is Civil War Weekend?
This annual special event brings the history of the American Civil War to life. Held the last weekend in September, Civil War Weekend is two action-filled days of battle re-enactments, military drills, medical care situations, period music and food, demonstrations, and more. The weekend spectacle involves more than 500 re-enactors. And each year features a different historic scenario crucial to the outcome of the war.
Programs and activities abound for children and adults alike. Interact, explore and engage your entire family in the experience.
The next Civil War Weekend will be held September 29-30, 2013. It will be the 23rd year that Wade House has held this event.
2012 Theme: Virginia 1862
On August 28, 1862, soldiers of the 2nd, 6th and 7th Wisconsin infantry regiments, along with the 19th Indiana, marched quietly on a road near Manassas, Virginia. Unbeknownst to these weary men, the wooded ridge to their left held an entire division of Confederate infantry.
The Union regiments were caught off guard by a sudden attack. Mustering their courage, they quickly formed a line of battle as wave after wave of Confederate infantry poured into their positions. During the battle opposing lines were scarcely 100 yards apart.
After 90 minutes of sheer carnage, darkness fell upon the battlefield and the fighting ceased. The stalwart men from the North sustained tremendous casualties but held their lines. The next day when officers called the rolls they discovered more than 725 soldiers killed, wounded or missing – more than one-third of the entire brigade.
Wisconsin's soldiers proved courageous in their baptism of fire and the four Union regiments were later dubbed the "Iron Brigade of the West".
Experience this 1860s clash of arms between Union and Confederate troops at Civil War Weekend. Watch hundreds of soldiers — cavalry, infantry and artillery — struggle across the field in this re-enacted conflict depicted with startling accuracy and passion.