Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Civil War Re-enactment

Saturday they did a Civil War reenactment In Petersburg, VA (which is the town right next to me)

it was to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of what is known as the Battle of the Crater. Which on July 30, 1864 - which basically short version - Union Soldiers blew up a mine and created a huge "Crater" Then there was a huge battle between the confederates and union. Well over 4 to 5 thousand people died at this battle.

Read more about it here and here.

I also wrote a post on it before with pics - here - and had some pictures of the actual Crater too.

Here is some pics I took of the re-enactment:

Union Soldiers and their camp:

This is picture of entrance to mine/tunnel (Union soldiers dug this mine - which was over 500 feet long & eventually was what they used to blow up and create the Crater)

sign showing where the union was (didn't get pic of the confederate one)

Confederate soldiers & camp:

Can you see the cannon in the background?

well they were shooting off the cannons. I wish I got closer - for picture - but not really because you would not believe how incredibly loud they were. I was a little scared each time. A little girl near me started crying. The Confederate side shot one off and about 15 to 20 min later the Union side would shoot 2 at them.

Can you see the smoke? These were the real deal!  - I can not imagine what it was like during the real war.

It was cool to go to this and learn more about the Civil War. I love history - don't you?


  1. I am so jealous right now. I have always wanted to see a war reenactment.

  2. I've always wanted to see one of these but never had. The sad part is that they are all over Tennessee and I still haven't been.


  3. I love history!! This is very exciting!

  4. I love history, and this i have seen many movies and read, great shots..and thx.

  5. Wow what a nice way to see and learn about history! Looks like a fun & successful event =) #ww

  6. That is cool. I have always missed seeing them.

  7. I love civil war reenactment & I agree that the guns are so loud! Thanks for sharing your photos & wishing you a happy Wordless Wednesday :)

  8. How interesting I bet it was quite exciting to watch :-)

    Have a historytastic rest of week & thanks for pirouetting by ;-)

  9. Wow! I'd love to see this and take photos.
    I just read a book based on the Civil War - "I Shall Be Near To You" so it's fresh in my mind.

  10. It has been a long time since I've been to a re-enactment.
    I think only our older son has seen one.
    I would have loved to seen this one.

  11. That looks like so much fun to go to! I would love it if you would share a picture on my Photo Friday Blog Party!