Hundreds of costumed Civil War re-enactors will gather on the grounds of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center at Spiegel Grove to re-enact the Battle of Cedar Creek during 2013 Hayes Civil War Reenactment Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5 and 6.
Civil War re-enactors representing both the Union and Confederate armies will take part in battle re-enactments at noon and 3 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Each battle will involve infantry and artillery units. Before and after the battles, soldiers will conduct military drills, prepare meals and line up for pay – lending an authentic feel to the Hayes Civil War Encampment.
In addition to three re-enactments of the Battle of Cedar Creek, visitors can enjoy a host of activities designed give a glimpse into life during the American Civil War.
|Re-enactors representing Union and Confederate armies will give visitors
a glimps into the life of Civil War soldiers at the Hayes Presidential Center
Oct. 5th and 6th. (Photo courtesy of the Hayes Presidential Center)
New this year, children can experience what it was like to be a solider as re-enactors lead young “recruits” through marching maneuvers and practicing firing positions.
Adults can learn how soldiers lived – sleeping in tiny canvas tents and using straw for warmth. The entire family can take part in new daytime tours of re-enactors’ camps or the traditional lantern tours in the evening.
On Sunday, General Alton Berry, commander of the 88th Regional Support Command, U.S. Army Reserve, Fort McCoy, Wisc., will lead a memorial service honoring 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes. Veterans groups and Civil War re-enactors will join active-duty military personnel for the ceremony, which will take place at the Hayes Tomb.
The Hayes Civil War Encampment takes place 9 a.m-5 p.m. both days. Event admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children 6-12. Visitors wishing to tour the Hayes Home and Hayes Museum can take advantage of Encampment discount prices of $4 per building for adults and $2 per building for children ages 6-12 (usually $7.50 and $3, respectively).
The event is made possible through title sponsorship from Memorial Hospital, with additional support provided by Mosser Construction Inc. and Curwood Inc.-Bemis Foundation.
For more information, call 800-998-PRES. The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is located at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont.