Middleway Conservancy
Jefferson County, West Virginia
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Civil War Reenactment

BATTLE OF SMITHFIELD CROSSING REENACTMENT

Middleway Conservancy Organization will be commemorating the 152nd anniversary of the Battle of Smithfield Crossing on August 13-14, 2016. 
For more information on how to participate in the battle reenactment, please contact Jennifer Haines at: (540)664-5984 or email: haines.jl48@gmail.com.


PROPOSED SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES


Battle of Smithfield Crossing Reenactment Events

Saturday, August 13, 2016

9:00 am

Infantry and Cavalry camps open for public visiting.  The public is invited to enter the camps, observe and talk with the reenactors. Living history participants, including a sutler’s tent (provides clothing and “necessaries” to the soldiers) will also be present.

 

10:00 am

Infantry demonstration.  The infantry will demonstrate and explain their dress, weapons, and gear, as well as perform infantry drill by units.

 

11:00 am

Artillery demonstration.  The artillerists will demonstrate and explain their dress, weapons and gear.  The procedure for loading, firing and preparing the gun to fire will be demonstrated. Crews will fire the cannon(s) (blanks only).  

 

12:00 pm

Cavalry Battle.  Union and Confederate Reenactors (~50 mounted troopers) will engage in a mock cavalry battle representing the many cavalry clashes that happened during the battle and at other times throughout the war. The location is to be determined.

 

1:00 pm

Meet the Generals.  Reenactors portraying Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas A. (Stonewall) Jackson will be able to be present to talk.  And to be photographed with you!

Ladies Tea Social.  Ladies from the Army Support Society in period dress will provide a tea with period food and drink.

 

2:00 pm

Tactical Battle.  Union and Confederate Reenactors (~100 infantry) will engage in a mock infantry battle in very heavy brush in an area at the corner of Queen Street and Old Middleway Road. Viewing will be limited.

 

3:00 pm

Infantry Battle.  Union and Confederate Reenactors (~100 infantry) will engage in a full scale skirmish from the north to the south end of East Street ending up on the lawns across from 175 and 207 East Street. 

 

4:00 pm

Meet the Soldiers.  Meet and talk with the soldiers who just finished the battle and get their impressions of what it might have been like to be in a real battle in 1865.

 

5:00 pm

Confederate Court Martial.  Witness how justice was dispensed and discipline was maintained in the Confederate Army.

 

Presentation: Quality Assurance

6:00 – 8:00 pm

Period Music and Dance.  Musicians will play period music and dancers (in period dress or not) are welcome to dance to music popular during the Civil War.

 

Evening Reception

8:00 pm

Candlelight Tours.  Make a visit to the camp and see and hear how soldiers spent their evenings in camp and far from their homes and loved ones.

 

 

9:00 pm

Camps closed to public in preparation of night firing

 

 

9:00 pm

Artillery and infantry night firing.  The artillery unit will demonstrate the spectacular visual effects of firing a cannon at night.  Infantry will demonstrate the similar effect of a massed firing of an infantry unit at night.  Aside from the “flash and bang” the amount of smoke produced is tremendous.

 

 


 


 

 

 

 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

9:00 am – 12 noon

Infantry and Cavalry Camps Open for Public Visiting.  The public is invited to enter the camps, observe and talk with the reenactors and living history participants. No drills or firing until after 12 noon.

12:00 noon

Infantry Demonstration.  The infantry will demonstrate and explain their dress, weapons, and gear, as well as perform infantry drill by units.

1:00 pm

Cavalry Demonstration.  The cavalry troopers will demonstrate and explain their dress, weapons and gear.  They will also show and demonstrate their mount’s gear describe the duties of a trooper in caring for their mounts.

2:00

Infantry Battle.  Union and Confederate Reenactors (~100 infantry) will engage in a full scale skirmish from the north to the south end of East Street ending up on the lawns across from 175 and 1XX East Street. 

3:00

Camps Begin Breakdown for Departure.  Some reenactors/living history participants available.

4:00 pm

Camps Closed to the Public.

 

 

 

 

 


Battle of Smithfield Crossing Reenactment Events


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