Last Saturday my local Barnes & Noble (Central Park, Fredericksburg, VA) held a Civil War Living History Event. I love Barnes & Noble on a regular day, but to add a Civil War event into the mix I was over the moon and blocked Saturday off on my calendar. The event lived up to my anticipation.
At the door shoppers where greeted by a Confederate soldier from the 8th Virginia Volunteer Infantry Regiment. This set the tone for the event as shoppers knew that they were in for something special.
Since the event was held at a bookstore, Barnes & Noble had local Civil War authors on hand for a book signing. Historian Chris Mackowski signed copies of his latest releases in the Emerging Civil War series from Savas Beatie, LLC (publisher of the ebook edition of "I Would Still Be Drowned in Tears": Spiritualism in Abraham Lincoln's White House). I was thrilled to pick up an autographed copy of "Fight Like the Devil": The First Day at Gettysburg, July 1, 1863.
Also on hand signing books was Eileen Kern Goodman author of the novel Storm Over Fauqier: The Foreboding Tempest: 1860-1861. I am looking forward to reading this novel which is based on real people and events.
The event was more than just a book signing though, as Civil War living historians demonstrated period toys and parlor games, music, and dance (performed by the Civil War Dance Ensemble of Spotsylvania . Members of the 8th VA Ladies' Aid Society where also on hand to show shoppers how Southern women carried for their loved ones in the army.
For those curious about all those layers a Civil War lady wore, Miss Frances Allshouse presented "The Layered Lady" clothing demonstration.
I enjoyed the event and thought that there was a lot to keep shoppers engaged. This was a well planned event and I hope Barnes & Noble Central Park does another Civil War Day.