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Civil War reenactment this weekend at Fort Pocahontas

On Saturday and Sunday, the 158th anniversary of the Action at Wilson’s Wharf will be reenacted at Fort Pocahontas on the James River.

Located in Charles City County between Richmond and Williamsburg, the fort will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

On May 24, 1864, the United States Colored Troops defeated attacking Confederate cavalry, marking the first time that USCT would defeat troops from Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.

Spectators are invited to tour camps within the well-preserved fort. Battle reenactments take place each afternoon. Other family-friendly living history activities include a scavenger hunt, candle-making, signal tower and medical demonstrations, and a meet-and-greet with mounted cavalry. Sutlers offer reproductions of Civil War-era merchandise. Period music provided by Harken Back String Band. Food vending by Chez Rey food truck. Attendees are asked to dress comfortably for the weather. Lawn chairs are permitted. No pe...

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