Civil War re-en­act­ment re­turns to Ris­ing Sun

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— In­ter­ac­tive his­tory re­turns to Vet­eran’s Me­mo­rial Park this week­end with the 22nd Civil War Week­end.

“We’re try­ing to keep his­tory alive,” said Tom Mumey, pres­i­dent of the Ris­ing Sun His­tor­i­cal Preser­va­tion Com­mis­sion.

In con­junc­tion with the town, the com­mis­sion will host Civil War re-en­ac­tors who will give the pub­lic a glimpse into what life was like when the Amer­i­can flag had 33 stars and the coun­try was di­vided.

The en­camp­ment will be open Fri­day through Sun­day at 9 a.m. Mumey said Fri­day is typ­i­cally the day that schools bring their stu­dents for the ex­pe­ri­ence but the pub­lic is also wel­come. Ad­mis­sion is free. Walk­ing from tent to tent, vis­i­tors will learn of the hard­ships

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of the era and how hu­man in­ge­nu­ity pre­vailed.

“One guy has the chicken on a leash be­cause that’s how they have their eggs for break­fast,” he ex­plained.

There’s a cook­ing tent, one fea­tur­ing the weaponry of the day and the hospi­tal tent. But don’t ex­pect sugar coated ex­pla­na­tions of bat­tle­field health care.

“It can get pretty bru­tal,” Mumey said.

For many, the high­light of the week­end is the skir­mish. North­ern and south­ern troops bat­tle com­plete with can­non fire re­ver­ber­at­ing through the trees. Skir­mishes are slated for 2 p.m. on Satur­day and Sun­day.

The pub­lic is also in­vited to the Satur­day night hoe-down fea­tur­ing the Shenan­doah Val­ley Civil War Era Dancers. A caller will lead the steps to au­then­tic Civil War mu­sic by Ca­dence be­gin­ning at 7 p.m.

The event is held rain or shine.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

Union and Con­fed­er­ate armies bat­tle it out at Ris­ing Sun’s Vet­eran’s Me­mo­rial Park dur­ing a re­cent Civil War re-en­act­ment week­end. The free event runs this week­end Fri­day through Sun­day, open­ing at 9 a.m. daily.

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