A commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Civil War raids on Gloucester will begin on April 5 with the unveiling of the Virginia Historical Society's Civil War panel exhibit at Gloucester Arts On Main Street.
The event begins at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public, said a Gloucester County spokesman. Andrew Talkov, the exhibit coordinator, will be the guest speaker.
April 1863 saw numerous Union raids and forays into Gloucester, with the county's agriculture, abundant farms and plantations, as well as Main Street businesses, targeted by soldiers, the spokesman said. The commemoration marks the war's effects on soldiers and civilians alike.
On April 12, the 150th Anniversary Civil War History Mobile will host tours to Gloucester students throughout the day. On April 13, the Colonial Courthouse Circle will host the "Raids On Gloucester" event.
County residents are invited to visit with reenactors and experience the encampments, tour the History Mobile and watch the Court House Players and others portray those who wrote letters and military reports documenting the raids.
Exhibits and displays will be available and DVDs will be shown in the Courthouse about other Gloucester Civil War reenactments. The Gloucester Museum of History will have more displays.
The event is free and will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information: 804-693-2355 or www.visitgloucesterva.org.