First November weekend brings Civil War Event to Middletown Mansion
For the third year, the Friends of Gibson Museum will host American Civil War Association's reenactments of battles of the American Civil War.
The Nov. 3 & 4 events at the Middletown Mansion will focus more this year on educational materials. The intent is to incite consideration of the escalating tensions in our nation, all too reminiscent of the hostilities apparent during the antebellum years of 1820 to 1860.
Civil War reenactments are older than you might think.
On July 4, 1861 — twelve weeks after war was declared. “A company of foot and mounted soldiers engaged in a sham battle, followed by fireworks…”
Two weeks later, at the famous first Battle of Bull Run, more than 500 Congressmen, senators, common folk and hucksters traveled 25 miles from Washington D.C. to watch the actual fighting.
The staged warfare was news as well as an attempt to train soldiers, and to recruit more.
There will also be music and mirth, far more flavorsome food than was available on battle-fields in 1861, as well as local wines and beer.
An old-fashioned ContraDance at 6 pm Saturday evening will again be offered to visitors and to reenactment soldiers.