Civil War to live again this weekend

Confederate forces line up for battle while young officers’ assistants scope out the lay of the land at last year’s Civil War re-enactment at the Confederate Reunion Grounds. This year’s re-enactment is Saturday-Sunday, April 29-30.  Journal file photo

By Roxanne Thompson, Staff Writer

Those with an interest in history will want to go by the Confederate Reunion Grounds this weekend, April 29-30, for the 23rd Annual Civil War Living History and Re-enactment. 

The event takes place for the public both Saturday and Sunday, with gates open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and activities going on most of the day. 

The re-enactors come from across the state and appear to have as much fun as those attending. Most strive to use only period dress for the event. They pitch tents and sleep on site both Friday and Saturday, using natural, unbleached muslin tents and cooking their meals over campfires.  

The re-enactors will illustrate what life was like during the 1860s, giving demonstrations of skills people had to know, such as soap making, campfire cooking, candle making, spinning and weaving, hand sewing, gun skills and field surgery. 

Vendors will sell trinkets and memorabilia, reproductions of  Civil War-era items such as slingshots, canes, buttons, accessories, hats, scarves, gloves, hand fans, toys, dolls, tools, native American paraphernalia; also, candy, ice cream. soft drinks and other consumables. 

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