The Press Newspaper
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.
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.
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