Come to Civic Park this Saturday (June 27) and relive wartime during the Civil War era, a time when the country was divided by North and South, and Union and Confederate soldiers fought face to face.

Come to Civic Park this Saturday (June 27) and relive wartime during the Civil War era, a time when the country was divided by North and South, and Union and Confederate soldiers fought face to face.

The Livingston House Society will host its sixth annual Civil War Encampment and Re-enactment at Civic Park Saturday with events beginning at 9 a.m. and running until 8 p.m.

Event coordinator Robert Mergel said the event was put together six years ago as a kind of remembrance of events from 9/11 and has grown in participation from 20 volunteers the first year to about 200 volunteers now re-enacting events of the Civil War.

"We started out with one cannon the first year, and had eight cannons last year, and this year we have nine cannons," Mergel said.

He said out of fairness, the two separate war re-enactments scheduled for the day allow both the North and the South armies to win. In other words, if the Union army wins the morning's battle, then the Confederates will be victorious in the afternoon battle.

He said volunteers in uniform will represent the Union and Confederate armies during the two battles Saturday.

Parks and Recreation Director Jason Shamblin said the civil war encampment and volunteers put on a good show and seem to have fun.

"It's a fun thing for them to do, and for the family to get out and see how people in a different time-period of life lived," Shamblin said.

"They'll have the camp set up the whole day, and it's free, so families can come out and enjoy it it's one of those things that are educational and fun for anybody to see," he said.

Shamblin said the Lions Club will provide food concessions during the event, which is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. with a flag raising followed by an officer's call at 9:30 a.m., then a "first engagement" Civil War re-enactment at 11 a.m. followed by a re-enactment of Civil War surgeons at 11:30 a.m.

While these events are going on, at 1 p.m. a special ladies' tour of the Reynoldsburg-Truro Historical Society, 1485 Jackson St., will be held. At 2 p.m. a "Ladies Tea"will be conducted at the nearby Livingston House, 1792 Graham Road.

The tea event will be hosted by Nancy Mergel, who will talk about various Victorian-style and Civil War-style tea. Valerie Hamill will conduct a presentation on medicinal herbs and spices.

Back at Civic Park at 3 p.m., a rifleman's competition will be held followed by a second Civil War-style engagement at 4:30 p.m., followed by more Civil War surgeon re-enactments at 5 p.m.

The event ends with a special civil war military-style ball sponsored by the Brice Road branch of the Union Savings Bank.

Those interested in attending the ball are encouraged arrive in appropriate Civil War period costumes.

The entire event begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 8 p.m. in Civic Park off of Daugherty Drive. For more information, call Jason Shamblin at 614-322-6806.

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