Friday, June 10, 2011

Experience the Battle of Bull Run

Manassas National Battlefield Park

For Immediate Release

George S.T. DeBolt

Capture of Ricketts' Battery, Painting by Sidney E. King, National Park Service

Pittsburghers can commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War in the place where the struggle began. DeBolt Unlimited of Homestead, PA has announced an exciting trip to the reenactment of the Battle of Bull Run. Also known as “First Manassas”, the battle on July 21, 1861 has been called “The moment that changed America”. Explained filmmaker Ken Burns, “To understand who we are as Americans, we must understand the four horrible years in our national life when we tore each other in two.” Bull Run was the beginning of that ordeal.

This exclusive three-day experience will take guests to Manassas National Battlefield Park, the site of the Civil War’s first large-scale confrontation. The historically accurate battle reenactments on Sunday, July 24 have been named the Top Travel Event for 2011 by the American Bus Association. Displays and exhibits will include artillery firing demonstrations, lectures, book signings, a sutler’s row, living history vignettes, and children’s activities. Unlike most Civil War reenactments, the one at Manassas takes place only once every five years.

Leading up to the Sunday event will be visits to Arlington National Cemetery location of the home of Robert E. Lee, the Civil War Photographs exhibit at the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History with its three Civil War-related exhibitions. Saturday evening guests will stop at the illuminated Lincoln Memorial dedicated to the wartime president and displaying the words of two of his most famous speeches.

“This is a unique opportunity to stand on the hallowed ground where sacrifices were made, heroes emerged, and ultimately peace prevailed on American soil 150 years ago,” said company President George DeBolt. “And we have a special children’s price to encourage families to experience this chapter of history together.”

The tour departs Friday after-work July 22 from Downtown Pittsburgh, Oakland, Monroeville, and the South Hills. Reservations are limited. More information can be obtained at the company’s website or by calling 412-461-9125.

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