Civil War weekend in Zoar – Sept 10, 2017

This has been an amazing summer for me in terms of historical reenacting events – a Civil War and Military Show in Mansfield in May (this was more of a military/gun show), the Hale Farm Civil War weekend in August, D-Day Conneaut the following weekend, and today’s event.

Zoar is a tiny village south of Canton, a 45-minute drive south from me. Their museums and shops were also open for visitors (2017 is also Zoar’s bicentennial) – the $10 admission included access to these buildings as well as the reenacting event. I arrived at 9:45am; I first took a tour through some buildings, and I also chatted with a few reenactors. Two of the reenactors I had met last year, so it was good to talk with them again. I also walked through a lovely garden, and browsed some sutler shops (where I bought a fun 1849 German booklet about animals, for children). The last, and main, event was the battle at 1:30pm.

The Hale Farm event was much bigger than this Zoar event, but what I liked more about this event was the viewing of the battle: at Hale Farm, we were level with the battlefield, but in Zoar we were sitting on a hill and looking down into the battlefield.

Click here to check out the website for this event to learn more. This event occurs once every other year, so its next event should be in September 2019. In the past this event also featured a Civil War period wedding, but for whatever reason they couldn’t have the wedding this year. Hopefully in 2019 they’ll have one! I’ll even volunteer myself, even though I currently know nothing about weddings from that time period! (This would also be the closest I’ll likely ever be to being married, so please give me that dream! haha)

And now, some photos! All taken with my Nikon s9600.

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UPDATE! (evening of Sept 12, 2017)

I had shared these photos on my Facebook profile Sunday evening, and its album was shared by a large reenacting group (1st Legion Provisional Army of the Confederate States [website]). And I’ve been getting many notifications on likes, tags, and shares of the photos and album since then. Wow! I am so happy that people liked my photos, although I feel that there are far better photographers out there – this is just a point-and-shoot with many limitations (and none of the photos are edited).

I have really enjoyed the historical reenacting events as a spectator over the last few years (now Civil War and WWII) and slowly learning more about these periods of history.

I want to thank all of the reenactors, for every time period and “side” of history everywhere, for giving us these visuals of history and allowing us these amazing opportunities to learn of our history.

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D-Day Conneaut – August 19, 2017

My dad and I have wanted to visit this event for a few years – but either we forgot about it until it had recently passed on the calendar (I sometimes have a poor sense of time), or weather wasn’t cooperative. Last year it was my sister’s Masters graduation. But goodness gracious, nothing was keeping us away this year!

D-Day Conneaut is an annual reenacting event in Conneaut, Ohio – along Lake Erie and near the Ohio-Pennsylvania border. Around 1,500 reenactors represent both sides of the war, and approximately 40,000 people visited this three-day event.

In the morning my dad and I caught The Battle for La Fiere, and we explored the various camps to see camp life. My dad is a gunsmith hobbyist, so he was always excited to talk guns with several folks. We also ran into someone I know from college (who I believe is the person who first informed me about the world of reenacting; he does WWII and Civil War), and it was nice to chat with him for a bit. Lots of walking, and we walked along Lake Erie (I’ve never been to what people typically think of when they hear “beach” [like Florida], but this shore was a beach and I’ll take it) before catching another little event, the Maquis Attack. The last and main event was the Normandy beach landing, which was beyond impressive with planes, tanks, watercraft, and all the soldier-reenactors on the field. Unfortunately I was sitting at the embarkation end of the coast, and trees were blocking my view of the combat and landing at the other end. I’m determined to stake out a better view next year!

Now that I’ve been to a few events like this, I’m still absolutely amazed by the reenactors. They know SO MUCH and their research and knowledge is clearly evident in their passion for sharing their information and the detail they put into everything. It would definitely be a fascinating hobby to enter, but I would probably feel overwhelmed with all the history and stuff to learn! I really ought to chat with some reenactors to learn how they entered this hobby.

I highly recommend this event if you’re interested in WWII history and reenacting events. The event is very well organized and is free to visit (they solely rely on donations, and donation buckets/people are all over the park to accept donations).

Click here to view the website, and take note of dates for the next few years. 🙂

I took a ton of photos (440) and whittled it down to this selection so that you can get a glimpse of what my dad and I experienced. All taken with my Nikon s9600. I had to really push my camera’s zoom for the beach landing, but it was decent.

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The Civil War came to Hale Farm – Aug 13, 2017

Last Sunday I went to Hale Farm and Village in Bath, Ohio, for its annual Civil War reenactment weekend. This was my third year to see this particular event. The weather was gorgeous and I was able to see President Lincoln give an address, hear the camp chase fifes and drums, walk through the camps, hear a few reenactors talk about army life, tour a small flower garden, and watch the reenactment of The Battle of Port Republic.

I will be honest that I was a touch worried that something would happen, given that the day before was Charlottesville. But I was greatly relieved and happy that nothing happened; everyone seemed to be enjoying the day by learning and chatting with reenactors from both sides, learning about our country’s history.

Here are some photos that I took, with my Nikon s9600. (I would love to find a p&s with a better zoom than what I have, but it will have to wait for probably another year.)

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“Battle for Brimfield” – June 4, 2016

Yesterday my dad and I checked out the “Battle for Brimfield” event in Brimfield OH. It was a very small Civil War reenacting event, as it was the first time for this event to be held at its location, but we still very much enjoyed it.

When we got there, we walked around the grounds to see the tents, and then we listened to a Union soldier talk about the daily life of a soldier. At 11am we watched a skirmish demonstration, as the larger battle would be in the afternoon. Afterwards, we talked with some reenactors of the 27th Virginia Co. G “Shriver Grays” and I got some contact information since I may be interested in participating as a civilian, which is something I’ve been considering and may finally do.

We had a good time, and I hope that the event returns to Brimfield next year and grows!

This event was located in Brimfield OH, on State Route 43, just south of I-76 (you can see the freeway from the fields where we were). It was on the big field behind the McDonald’s and Speedway.

To read about the 27th Virginia, Co. G “Shriver Grays” group, click here to go to their website.

The event schedule, click here.

To see Brimfield’s Chamber of Commerce article, click here.

Oh. And you probably want pictures… so, here you go! (Also, I love that slideshows now exist on WP [did this option exist before?] to help keep this post from looking too too long haha)

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A weekend back in time: the Hale Farm Civil War Reenactment

Last month I attended an annual Civil War reenactment weekend at Hale Farm and Village, in Bath, Ohio. It was for two days, but I only attended its Sunday activities. They had artillery demonstrations, camp chase fifes, reenactments of some events, and some lectures/presentations throughout the weekend.

When I first arrived at 10am, I made my way to the reenactment of the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia to the Army of the Potomac at Appomattox. I walked through some civilian and army camps, then attended a small and fascinating presentation on photography during the Civil War and how to use the camera of that time. Abraham Lincoln gave a speech (I caught half of it, sadly). They had a Sutler’s Row, where I bought an 1849 Godey’s Lady’s Book, so a) it’s another old book to add to my collection and b) it has many plates of mid-19th-century fashions. I also bought another modern book with more Godey’s images, but from the Civil War years. I watched some of the camp chase fifes, then moseyed over to the battlefield. At 2pm, the Battle of Appomattox Courthouse.  (yes, I linked to a Wiki haha)

I attended this same event last year, which was my first reenactment experience ever. I loved it, and I knew that I wanted to go again this year. I would love to sew a gown eventually because I love various antique and folk clothing; I’ve been collecting pictures of ideas for a while already. I enjoy reading about history, and I like to learn new things. I would love to learn more about the Civil War. I ought to learn to set aside time in my evenings to read books rather than putz around online, haha. But wow, there is SO MUCH out there to learn and read about the Civil War, that I almost don’t know where to begin! Besides the battles and such, I also want to learn about society, etiquette, clothes, even cooking and everyday home life.

I’m not adding captions because now I feel a bit lazy haha. I hope you enjoy! And if you have a Civil War event near you next summer, I highly encourage you to attend!

Next year I am hoping to attend a WW2 event at Conneaut along Lake Erie, this Hale Farm weekend again, and then a big Civil War event in Zoar OH – I think I read somewhere that a couple will be getting married (legit, real-thing) there, in pure 1860s fashion!

Now, the photos:

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All photos were taken with my Nikon Coolpix s9600. Not too shabby for a point-and-shoot! 🙂 And my goodness, I saw so many of those massive and fancy professional cameras there!