Civil War re-enactment returns to Rising Sun
— 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
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.
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.