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 153rd anniversary of the Battle of Smithfield Crossing on September 9-10, 2017. 
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, September 9, 2017

7 a.m. -

10 a.m.

Methodist Church Pancake Breakfast in Methodist Church Annex. 

9 a.m.

Camps open for public visiting.  The public is invited to enter the camps, observe and talk with the reenactors who provide a look into camp life in 1864.  A sutler (camp store) will be open for business, selling period items typically bought by the soldiers.  

Living history participants at 112 East Street will demonstrate everyday activities of camp and home life, including candle making, and the medical profession.  CSA Generals Lee, Jackson and Early will be present for discussion and photographs. 

Living History and Infantry Camp – 7513 Queen Street, SW of junction of Queen and North Streets

9 a.m. –

5 p.m.

Middleway Conservancy Information Center Open.  Conservancy volunteers will provide brochures and maps and general information to the public and reenactors throughout the weekend at 7513 Queen Street, SW of Junction of Queen and North Street at top of Methodist Church Parking lot .

Middleway Conservancy information and Civil War and other artifacts will be on display at 7279 Queen Street in the village center.

10 a.m. –

12 p.m.

Infantry demonstration and drills.  The infantry will demonstrate and explain their dress, weapons, and gear, and perform infantry drill by units, including mock firing of weapons.

Location:  Infantry camp – 7513 Queen Street, SW of junction of Queen and North Streets

11 a.m.

Reenactors representing the VA 49th Infantry Regiment, CSA, will hold a regimental memorial at the Old English Cemetery behind the home at 7124 Queen Street.

11 a.m. –

1 p.m. and 2 – 4 p.m.

Afternoon Social.  Ladies from Old Dominion Aide Society in period dress will provide light refreshments with period food and drink at the Union (White) Church located at 112 East Street. The generals will likely make an appearance.

The Society will also have an Aid Station outside the building to provide a cooling station for soldiers and others needed during/after the battles.

1 p.m. –

3 p.m.

Infantry Battle.  Representing the second day of the action, Confederate infantry reenactors (~100 infantry) will appear on the field at 7513 Queen Street and confront the Union forces.  The Union forces will be pushed back to the South, conducting a fighting withdrawal back to the front lawns of 175 and 207 East Streets.

Location:  From the field of 7513 Queen Street moving south through the village across Queen and Charles Streets and through the village alleys and along King and East Streets to the front lawns of 175 and 207 East Street

3 p.m. –

7 p.m.

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 1864.

Location: Infantry camp – 7513 Queen Street, SW of junction of Queen and North Streets

4 p.m.

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

Location:  Infantry camp – 7513 Queen Street, SW of junction of Queen and North Streets

7 p.m.

Camps closed to public in preparation for night firing.

7:30 p.m.

Infantry night firing.  The infantry will demonstrate the spectacular visual effects of firing a massed “volley” firing of infantry units at night.  Aside from the “flash and bang” the amount of smoke produced is tremendous.

Location: Infantry camp -- 7513 Queen Street by Methodist Church.

Note:  Sundown is at 7:20 p.m.

7:45 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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.

Locations:  Infantry camp – 7513 Queen Street, SW of junction of Queen and North Streets.

7:45 p.m. –

9:45 p.m.

Period Music and Dance.  Musicians will play period music.  All are welcome to attend (in period dress or not) and enjoy music popular during the Civil War by the group Dearest Home.

Location:  Infantry camp – Back yard of 7513 Queen Street, SW of junction of Queen and North Streets


Sunday, September 10, 2017

9:00 a.m. –

12 p.m.

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.

Locations:  Infantry camp – 7513 Queen Street, SW of junction of Queen and North Streets

12 noon

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

Location:  Infantry camp – 7513 Queen Street, SW of junction of Queen and North Streets

12 p.m. –

4 p.m.

Conservancy Information Center Open

Location: 7315 Queen Street, SW of Junction of Queen and North Street at top of Methodist Church Parking lot.  Location:  112 East Street

1 p.m. –

3 p.m.

Infantry Battle.  Representing the second day of the action, Confederate infantry reenactors (~100 infantry) will appear on the field at 7513 Queen Street and confront the Union forces.  The Union forces will be pushed back to the South, conducting a fighting withdrawal back to the front lawns of 175 and 207 East Streets.

Location:  From the field of 7513 Queen Street moving south through the village across Queen and Charles Streets and through the village alleys and along King and East Streets to the front lawns of 175 and 207 East Street’

3 p.m.

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

4 p.m.

Camps Closed to the Public. 



 

 

 


Battle of Smithfield Crossing Reenactment Events


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