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The Black Diamond Disaster Weekend, An American Civil War Event Occurring at St. Clement’s Island Museum in April, 2020

Head to St. Clement’s Island Museum for a weekend of activities commemorating a forgotten tragedy of the American Civil War, the Black Diamond Disaster. On April 23, 1865, 87 lives were lost when the Black Diamond and the steamer Massachusetts collided in the Potomac River near St. Clement’s Island during the hunt for John Wilkes Booth. Saturday & Sunday (10AM – 5PM) FREE water taxi rides to St. Clement’s Island where interpreters will be on hand to discuss the 1863 Goldsmith Raid (The final water taxi will leave at 3PM – water taxi operates as weather and wind conditions allow) FREE Civil War-focused tours of Blackistone Lighthouse FREE admission to the St. Clement’s Island Museum Special exhibits and presentations, including: Carolyn Ivanoff as Clara Barton Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers Office Sons of Union Veterans The National Museum of Civil War Medicine and more! Saturday Only (4PM) – Concert by the The Federal City Brass Band. This group appears in period dress, uses mostly period instruments, and their musical selections are based on the military music books from the 1860’s. Sunday Only Commemorative ceremony (2PM – 3PM) with guest speaker David Price, Director of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, […]

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