Civil War battle re-enactment returns to Hainesville this weekend

  • This year's Hainesville Civil War event will re-enact the Battle of Bentonville, the last great battle of the Civil War.

    This year's Hainesville Civil War event will re-enact the Battle of Bentonville, the last great battle of the Civil War. Courtesy of the village of Hainesville

  • When not taking part in the battle or presentations, costumed re-enactors will be available to discuss their characters and the time period with guests to the Hainesville Civil War Encampment and Battle.

    When not taking part in the battle or presentations, costumed re-enactors will be available to discuss their characters and the time period with guests to the Hainesville Civil War Encampment and Battle. Courtesy of the village of Hainesville

 
Daily Herald staff report
Posted10/15/2021 6:00 AM

Relive history in Hainesville as knowledgeable re-enactors, both military and civilian, in period costume re-create an American Civil War event hosted by the Northbrook Sports Club.

Hainesville's Civil War Encampment and Battle will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17.
Hainesville's Civil War Encampment and Battle will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17. - Courtesy of the village of Hainesville

Hainesville's Civil War Encampment and Battle returns Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 16 and 17, in a rural setting on the north end of the Northbrook Sports Club property, south of the intersection of Route 120 and Hainesville Road.

Event hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Event highlights include:

• Narrated battle with infantry, cavalry and artillery. This year the event will re-create the Battle of Bentonville in North Carolina, the last great battle of the Civil War.

• Military and civilian bivouacs and encampments.

• Battlefield surgeries, undertakers and medical displays.

• Period dressed military and civilian presenters with period music.

• Special guests, including Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln; Elijah Haines, the founder of Hainesville; General Ulysses Grant; William Irving Kirk, a Southern abolitionist clergy; and Thomas Morris Chester, the only Black Civil War reporter for a major daily newspaper.

Hainesville's Civil War Encampment and Battle will feature a narrated battle; costumed re-enactors, including Abraham Lincoln, General Grant and others; battlefield surgery and medical displays; period music; food vendors; and more.
Hainesville's Civil War Encampment and Battle will feature a narrated battle; costumed re-enactors, including Abraham Lincoln, General Grant and others; battlefield surgery and medical displays; period music; food vendors; and more. - Courtesy of the village of Hainesville

In addition to the battle and presentations, visitors will have opportunities to question participants about their characters' roles in the period of history re-created. Food vendor sales will also be available.

Signs are posted throughout the event site to direct visitors to the various activities. A site map will also be included in the event program. All activities can be accessed by walking; golf carts will be available to transport guests with disabilities, as needed.

Hainesville's Civil War battle will feature infantry, cavalry and artillery.
Hainesville's Civil War battle will feature infantry, cavalry and artillery. - Courtesy of the village of Hainesville

Admission is free. On-site parking is $10 cash per vehicle or $5 cash per motorcycle.

For information and a video, visit www.hainesville.org.

Hainesville's Civil War Encampment and Battle

Event takes place in a rural setting off South Hainesville Road in Hainesville.

Saturday, Oct. 1610 a.m. Public entry begins

10:15-10:45 a.m. Military drill

10:50-11:20 a.m. Elijah Haines (Hainesville founder)

11:25-11:55 a.m. Mary Todd Lincoln (A Day in the Lincoln White House)

Noon to 12:30 p.m. William Irving Kirk (Southern abolitionist clergy)

12:40-1:10 p.m. General Grant (The Final Days)

1:15-2 p.m. President Lincoln (Finishing the Work)

2:10-2:40 p.m. Officers' call

2:10-2:40 p.m. Thomas Morris Chester (Battle of New Market Heights)

2:45-3:15 p.m. Battlefield surgery

3:15-3:30 p.m. Assembly

3:30-4 p.m. Narrated battle (Battle of Bentonville, N.C.; last great battle of the Civil War)

4 p.m. Event closes to the public

Sunday, Oct. 178:30-9 a.m. Church Service (in barn or at benches)

9 a.m. Public entry begins

9:15-9:45 a.m. Military drill

9:50-10:20 a.m. Elijah Haines (Hainesville founder)

10:25-10:55 a.m. Mary Todd Lincoln (A Day in the Lincoln White House)

11:00-11:30 a.m. William Irving Kirk (Southern abolitionist clergy)

11:35 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. General Grant (The Final Days)

12:10-12:55 p.m. President Lincoln (Finishing the Work)

1:10-1:30 p.m. Officers' call

1:10-1:30 p.m. Thomas Morris Chester (Battle of New Market Heights)

1:35-2:05 p.m. Battlefield surgery

2:15-2:30 p.m. Assembly

2:30-3 p.m. Narrated battle (Battle of Bentonville, N.C.; last great battle of the Civil War)

3 p.m. Event ends

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