Hayes Civil War Reenactment Recreating Battle of Cedar Creek
Imagine yourself sitting on the sidelines of a Civil War battle, watching as Union and Confederate infantry and artillery advance toward one another. You can make it happen by attending the 2013 Hayes Civil War Reenactment 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, October 5 & 6, 2013, at the home of the nation’s first presidential library – the Hayes Presidential Center.
More than 300 costumed reenactors camp on the estate of 19th U.S. President and Civil War hero Rutherford B. Hayes during the two-day event. These living historians participate in three re-enactments of the Battle of Cedar Creek, a conflict in which the bravery and foresight of future president Hayes saved the Union from certain defeat. Visitors are encouraged to chat with reenactors as they walk through the tent camps of both Union and Confederate armies. Separating the two enemies is Sutler’s Row, a period business district where Civil War merchandise, clothing, and food can be purchased.
The weekend also features special activities for all ages including: 19th-century children’s games, period music (some musicians use authentic Civil War instruments), military drills, educational programming, and a Presidential Memorial Service conducted at the gravesite of President Hayes. Active-duty military personnel dispatched by President Barack Obama lead this moving and rare tribute.The Civil War Reenactment is made possible by title sponsor Fremont Memorial Hospital . Additional support is provided by Mosser Construction and Curwood Inc.
Civil War reenactors representing both the Union and Confederate armies take part in battle re-enactments at noon and 3 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Each battle involves infantry and artillery units. Prior to and after the battles soldiers conduct military drills, prepare meals, and line up for pay – lending a truly authentic feel to the Hayes Civil War Encampment.On Sunday, officials from 88th Regional Support Command, U.S. Army Reserve, Fort McCoy, WI, lead a moving memorial service at the tomb of 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes. Veterans groups and Civil War re-enactors join these active-duty military personnel for this truly unique ceremony.