Battle of Fort Stevens 155th Anniversary – July 13, 2019


9:45 AM Musical Prelude: Doug Jimerson and the Civil War Comrades


10:00 AM BIG TENT, OPENING CEREMONY: MC, Kym Elder, National Park Service (NPS) Program Manager, Civil War Defenses of Washington (CWDW)

• Presentation of Colors: Walter Reed Army Institute of Joint Forces’ Color Guard Team
• National Anthem: 1861 verse, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. sung by Harold Blackford, Jr. then first verse, ALL SING
• Greetings: Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd; Julia Washburn; Rock Creek Park Superintendent; Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton; Mayor Muriel Bowser (invited) and Loretta Neumann, President, Alliance to Preserve the CWDW
• Musical Tribute – Washington Revels Jubilee Voices
• Introductions: President Lincoln and Union Gen. Lew Wallace
• Seeking Jonathan Underwood: Dwane Starlin
• Musical Presentation: Doug Jimerson and the Civil War Comrades
• Keynote Speaker – Dr. Jonathan Noyalas, Director, McCormick Civil War Institute, Shenandoah University, VA.

Presentation: Early's Escape: From Fort Stevens to Cool Spring.
• Lift Every Voice and Sing: Washington Revels Jubilee Voices
• Call to Arms: Dwane Starlin, Bugler



• Cannon Firing (Fort Stevens Field) 12 pm and 2 pm
• Manual of Arms & Firings firing demos by Union troops (Fort Stevens Field) – 1 pm, 2:30 & 3:30 pm
• Talks about Fort Stevens, at the Map. Between cannon and musket firings.
• Kids & Teens Tent –Ongoing Civil War era games and activities; Junior Ranger program; visits and photos with President Lincoln and Gen. Lew Wallace. (See times at the tent).


Big Tent Talks


12:30 -1: 05 PM Battle of Fort Stevens, Some New Thoughts and Old – Dr. Frank Cooling & Joseph Scopin
1:10 – 1:45 PM Life around the Forts – Bernie Siler and Robert Malesky
2:00 – 3:00 PM Civil War Dancing – Civil War Dance Foundation with Doug Jimerson & the Civil War Comrades


Small Tent Talks


12:30 – 1:05 pm Research & Write Your Family History –to the Civil War! Linda Critchlow White & Marvin Jones
1:10 – 1:40 PM The Story of Gen. Lew Wallace – William Connery & Gary Thompson
1:45 – 2:15 PM Civil War Soldiers’ Mental & Physical Health – Dr. Stephen Goldman & Jackie Greer
2:20 – 3:00 PM CWDW, Then and Now - David Lowe, NPS Historian & Dr. Philip Shiman, Historian, U.S. Army


AMERICAN UNIVERSITY’S HUMANITIES EXHIBIT TRUCK: Learn more about the CWDW & Battle of Fort Stevens!



• Military: Union- 28th Mass.; 61st Penn.; 23rd, 27th and 31st USCT (Casey's Provisional Brigade); Armed Civilians/Government Clerks; Confederates soldiers
• F.R.E.E.D. – Female RE-Enactors of Distinction (Women of the Civil War era who made a difference)
• Civil War Nurse - Jackie Greer
• Hospital Detachment, 28th Mass. Voluntary Infantry Company B - Noah Briggs & Elaine Kessinger
• Civil War Life – “Potomac Citizens”
• Civil War Story of Compassion & Reconciliation - The Benson-Rice Storytellers
• “Matthew Brady” – Peter Vaselopulos with painted Civil War backdrop for photos
• Music – Military fife & drum, Claude Bauer et al. Period music, Doug Jimerson & the Civil War Comrades.


AUTHORS TABLE & BOOK SALES: 12-2 pm - Cheryl Gooch, Robert Oshel, Andrea Seiger. 2-4 pm - Bernie Siler,
William Connery, Frank Cooling, Joseph Scopin

2:15 PM MEET FOR WALK TO HISTORIC WALTER REED & BATTLEGROUND NATIONAL CEMETERY - Meet Ranger Steve Phan at Fort Stevens flagpole. Depart at 2:30.


3:30 PM MEMORIAL SERVICE, BATTLEGROUND CEMETERY – Historical remembrance by Gordon Berg, laying of flags with Ranger Steve Phan and reading of soldiers’ names; taps by Dwane Starlin




EXHIBITORS: African American Civil War Memorial and Museum, Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society, Alliance to Preserve the CWDW, American Battlefield Trust, Brightwood Community Assoc. and Shepherd Park Citizens Assoc.; Military Road School Preservation Trust, Monocacy National Battlefield Foundation, Rock Creek Conservancy, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War


Program funded in part by the Alliance to Preserve the Civil War Defenses of Washington,
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, Ward 4 Council Member Brandon Todd, and Humanities DC