2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. It is also the 150th anniversary of many Civil War raids, burnings and attacks throughout South Central Pennsylvania towns.

Experience the heart and history of the Civil War on the trails of Cumberland Valley PA. Discover Underground Railroad sites in Boiling Springs, the northern most Confederate monument in Mechanicsburg and the engaging exhibits and special commemoration events spread throughout the region.

Cumberland Valley is conveniently located 30 minutes from Gettysburg. If you are traveling for the anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg plan for a few extra days to discover the entire story of the Civil War's impact on Pennsylvania. Although this post is quite lengthy it includes all the unique things you can do in the Valley to honor the American Civil War.

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SPECIAL COMMEMORATION EVENTS


March to Destiny in Shippensburg
June 22, 2013
This annual Civil War living history event will tell the tale of the Confederate occupation of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania before the historic Battle of Gettysburg. Learn about Confederate Camp Life stories and demonstrations on artillery firing, mounted cavalry units, cooking and setting up camp. Demonstrations will be led by period-dressed re-enactors. Read more...
Shippensburg Fairgrounds

Mechanicsburg Civil War Days
June 28-30, 2013
This commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Confederate Invasion of Mechanicsburg will include an opening ceremony, tours of the Confederate route, living history reenactments and special exhibits. Read more...
Various Mechanicsburg Locations

Grand Commemoration - The 150th Anniversary of the Shelling of Carlisle
July 1, 2013
In commemoration of what is probably the single most significant and emotional event in the long, proud history of Carlisle, Historic Carlisle will present "The Shelling of Carlisle- July 1, 1863" on the 150th anniversary of the Shelling. Read more...
Downtown Carlisle

COMMEMORATION EVENTS

Carlisle First Fridays History Walk: June 7th, Read more...
Irish Brigade & Their Friends from Carlisle:
June 20th, Read more...
Civil War Lecture Dinner Cruise: June 22nd - Aug. 24th , Read more...
Cumberland Valley Race Series Run to Destiny: June 22nd, Read more...
Flames Beyond Gettysburg History Talk: June 23rd, Read more...
When the Civil War Came to Carlisle, A Worship Service of Remembrance: June 30th, Read more...
Civil War Era Church Service at First Presbyterian Church in Carlisle: June 30th, Read more...
Civil War Walking Tours of Carlisle: June 5th & August 3rd, Read more...

Discover the following events and more on the Official Cumberland Valley Events Calendar.  

COMMEMORATION EXHIBITS

1863 Invasion in the Valley at Cumberland County Historical Society
Now through October 26, 2013
Stop by the Cumberland County Historical Society to see the newest exhibit: "1863 Invasion in the Valley." In June 1863, Confederate and Union forces clashed in Cumberland County from Shippensburg to Camp Hill. Discover the stories of soldiers, the shelling, and stolen cows, through Civil War artifacts, documents, and photographs. Read more...
21 N. Pitt St., Carlisle

Civil War Sesquicentennial - 1863 at US Army Heritage & Education Center
Now through March 31, 2014
The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center presents an exhibit chronicling the third year of the Civil War. The exhibit will change yearly to commemorate each year of the Civil War. Read more...
950 Soldiers Dr., Carlisle

Shippensburg Goes to War at Shippensburg Historical Society
Now through August 31, 2013
This exhibit will help to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Occupation of Shippensburg. Displays will focus on the experience of Shippensburg during the Civil War, in terms of both civilian and military participation. Stories will highlight the struggles of civilians during the Confederate occupation of the town and the labors of those who fought. Read more...
52 W. King St., Shippensburg

First Hand: Civil War Drawings from the Becker Collection at The Trout Gallery
Now through August 31, 2013
This exhibition features drawings by Joseph Becker and his fellow artists who worked as artist-reporters for Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper. These artists were charged with observing, drawing, and sending back for publication images of the Civil War. Read more...
240 W. High St., Carlisle

Mechanicsburg: A Hometown View of the Civil War
June 15 - October 19, 2013
New exhibit honoring the Civil War at the Freight Station Museum at Mechanicsburg Museum Association. Read more...
2 W. Strawberry Alley, Mechanicsburg

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