The Union prevailed at the Battle of Cedar Creek on Oct. 19, 1864. (This reenactment occurs on the actual battlefield because the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation, not the U.S. government, owns the land.) The 150th in 2014 is expected to be a big event.

In May, the foundation and the town of Strasburg are re-creating Stonewall Jackson's Great Train Raid (where Confederates stole a Union train) in 1861 on May 27-29.

Recommended airport: Washington Dulles, about 60 miles from Cedar Creek

Info: Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park,

Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation,

Strasburg's Great Train Raid,

Battle of Shiloh, Tenn.

March 31 and April 1, 2012

Reenactments: April 6 and 7, 2012

Shiloh National Military Park includes the battlefields of Shiloh and Corinth (where a noted Civil War interpretive center is located). "Bloody Shiloh" was fought April 6 and 7, 1862. There were more than 23,700 casualties (13,047 Union, 10,699 Confederates); despite heavy losses, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant prevailed after receiving reinforcements.

Woody Harrell of the military park says that two groups are planning competing reenactments, but that the NPS doesn't take sides.

Tom Doss and the Armies of Tennessee staged the 140th and 145th anniversary reenactments; they plan to march 22 miles from Corinth, Miss., to Shiloh. Mark Way of the Blue-Gray Alliance says his group plans to display a replica of the Hunley submarine in honor of Confederate crewmember Lt. George Dixon, who was wounded at Shiloh (

Harrell says the park service will begin its Shiloh commemoration at 5 a.m. April 6, 2012, when the battle actually started.

Closest airport: Memphis International Airport (MEM), about 89 miles from Corinth and 110 miles from Shiloh

Info: Shiloh National Military Park (which includes Corinth Battlefield) (731) 689-5696,

Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center, (662) 287-9273

Hardin County Tourism, (731) 925-8181,

Corinth Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, (800) 748-9048,

The Armies of Tennessee,

Cleburne's Division,, and the Blue-Gray Alliance,

Battle of Raymond, Miss.

Oct. 19-21, 2012

Grant defeated Confederate Gen. John Gregg in Raymond on May 12, 1863, during his Vicksburg campaign to control access to the Mississippi River.

Closest airport: Jackson-Evers International Airport (JAN), 21 miles from Raymond

Info: Friends of Raymond, (601) 201-1632,

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