Thousands expected at weekend of re-enactments
Middletown’s Cedar Creek Battlefield will hold a re-enactment weekend for the 155th anniversary of First Bull Run-Manassas today through Sunday.
The re-enactments will also be recorded for Fox News Channel’s Legends & Lies, a docudrama series entering its third season. Season one and two covered the American West and the American Revolution, while season three will highlight the events of the American Civil War.
Stanley Hirschberg, president of the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation, said 5,000 to 7,000 spectators typically attend these events, depending on weather.
“There are a lot of people around here that are very interested in the Civil War and history,” he said. “Since we have been putting on re-enactments for the past 26 years, the public knows we do a good job.”
In addition, he said, there will be talks on different parts of the battle, three band concerts and demonstrations on infantry, artillery and calvary action.
Since this is a national event, over 3,000 re-enactors from around the country and around the world, have already registered for the Manassas event, he said.
“If the weather is decent, up to 500 additional re-enactors may be walk-ons the last minute,” he added. “The Confederate commander comes from the Eastern Shore in Maryland and the federal commander comes from Canton, Ohio. They mainly come from the eastern half of the U.S., but some come from the West Coast, Canada and overseas.
The Battle of Rich Mountain will be held today; Blackburn’s Ford on Saturday; and Mathews & Henry Hill on Sunday. The three-day event will also include civilian scenarios, living history and sutlers.
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Schedule of Events
• 4 to 9 p.m. today
• 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday
• 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
• Today: all tickets are $5
• Saturday and Sunday: tickets are $15 per person per day for adults; $8 for seniors, students ages 7 to 17, retired and active duty military with ID.
• All weekend: free for children 6 and younger
Visit the battlefield’s website at http://www.ccbf.us for tickets and event details.