Friday, August 4, 2017

Civil War Encampment and Reenactment Slated for Historic Hanna's Town

Pennsylvania Reserve Battalion at Gettysburg Credit: Jonathan Richardson 


Program:  Civil War Encampment and Reenactment
Location: Historic Hanna’s Town, 809 Forbes Trail Road, Greensburg, PA 15601
Date: August 19 & 20, 2017
Time:   10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Saturday & 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sunday
Admission: $5 general admission; $4 for active Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and leaders who come in uniform; Children 5 & under free (coupons and other discounts do not apply for this event.)
Reservations: none

The Westmoreland County Historical Society will host a Civil War encampment with members of the Pennsylvania Reserve Battalion (9th, 10th, and 11th) ‘Buck Tails,’ 19th Ohio Artillery, and affiliated Confederate units at Historic Hanna’s Town.

Step back in time and visit the encampments to see what daily life was like for both Union and Confederate soldiers during the Civil War.  Scheduled events for the weekend are as follows:

Saturday
10:00 a.m. - Dress Parade
10:30 a.m. - Artillery Demonstration
11:30 a.m. - ‘Little Soldiers’ tactical (drill and mock-battle - children ages 6 and up),
· Book discussion by Marge Burke, author of “Letters to Mary”
12:30 p.m. PowerPoint program by Dr. John Rathgeb, Surgical and Medical Practices of the Civil War.
1:30 p.m. Troops Muster for Battle
2:00 p.m. Battle reenactment
3:00 p.m. Book discussion by Jim Douglas, author of The Bloody Eleventh: A Regimental History, and Born to Serve: The Major A. G. Harper Story.
4:00 p.m. PowerPoint program by Dr. John Rathgeb, Surgical and Medical Practices of the Civil War.

Sunday
9:00 a.m. - Worship-service at the picnic pavilion; the public is invited to attend.
10:00 a.m. – Battalion Drill
10:30 a.m. - Artillery Demonstration
11:30 a.m. - ‘Little Soldiers’ tactical (drill and mock-battle - children ages 6 and up), and
· Book discussion by Marge Burke, author of “Letters to Mary”
12:30 p.m. PowerPoint program by Dr. John Rathgeb, Surgical and Medical Practices of the Civil War.
1:30 p.m. Troops Muster for Battle
2:00 p.m. Battle reenactment
3:00 p.m. Book discussion by Jim Douglas, author of The Bloody Eleventh: A Regimental History, and Born to Serve: The Major A. G. Harper Story.

Additional activities each day include a display of Civil War weapons; a surgeon’s tent, and demonstration illustrating  period medical practices; a laundry demonstration and a discussion about hygiene and sanitation of the period;, and ‘embedded’ artists will create drawings of camp-life and battlefield reenactment scenes.

Visit our web site to learn about our other programs and activities at www.westmorelandhistory.org  and follow our activities on the Westmoreland County Historical Society Facebook page, and on Twitter @WCHistory.

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