Meridian Star

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February 7, 2011

Civil War re-enactment scheduled in Quitman

MERIDIAN —     The city of Quitman, Historic Clarke County,and the Sons of the Confederate Veterans Camp No. 227 are planning an authentic civil war encampment and re-enactment of battles.

    The event depicts the burning of Quitman by Gen. William T. Sherman's troops when a major part of Quitman was burned including the railroad ties.

    Re-enactors will set camps where they relive how soldiers and their followers lived during the Civil War. Tents will be set and food will be cooked on open flame.The public is invited to interact with these camps and ask questions as well as to watch demonstrations.

    Organizers plan on making the weekend a fun learning experience for young and old alike.

    Several vendors will be selling food and drinks along with some unique items.

    The event starts Friday, Feb. 25 at noon with re-enactors arriving at Archusa Water Park on Fallen Creek Road in Quitman.

    On Saturday, Feb. 26, at 9 a.m. there will be a parade scheduled in downtown Quitman where soldiers will stop at the Civil War Monument on the lawn of the Clarke County Courthouse to hold a memorial service for all the fallen soldiers of the Civil War. The parade continues to the Confederate Cemetery just outside of town for another memorial service and wreath laying. Soldiers will return to Archusa Creek for an actual re-enactment battle at 2 p.m.

    Music is scheduled for Saturday by recording group Kracker Dan, who plays actual Civil War era music. Friday and Saturday at 6:30 p.m. nightly cannon firings are planned from actual Civil War cannons.

    Kracker Dan also will play at a dance for the re-enactors and others dressed in period attire.

    Sunday morning, Feb. 27, has been left open so re-enactors can visit local churches for church services. Another re-enactment battle is planned for 2 p.m. Disbandment is scheduled for 4 p.m., when camp sites will be broken down and vendors will close.

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