On August 3-5, 2012, the National Civil War Museum’s indoor and outdoor program agenda was planned and organized by the Federal Generals Corps and the 45th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Co. K. However, bad weather conditions played a major role in curbing outdoor firing demonstrations and visits to the FGC encampment.
The Ladies of the FGC began opened Saturday’s speaking activities in the Education Gallery with an excellent presentation of 1860’s ladies fashion, a poetry reading, and various sanitary commission topics. Outdoors, battlefield medicine was demonstrated in the medical tent, and firing demonstrations were given by the 45th PA.
The Education Gallery featured afternoon presentations of The Operations in the Western Theater, the Battle of Antietam, and the Battle of Gettysburg. During the day, heavy thunderstorms brought high winds and pelting rain, causing havoc in the encampment. Fortunately, the rains stopped allowing members and guests to enjoy the evening meal and a night of fellowship and merriment.
On Sunday morning, the tents were struck in anticipation of severe storm warnings. Afterwards, presentations in the Education Gallery featured the Defense of Culp’s Hill, the Anaconda Plan and Blockade, a Study in Command, and the Defense of Harrisburg.