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Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site invites the public to attend the 18th Annual Civil War Living History and Reenactment hosted by the Friends of the Confederate Reunion Grounds in Mexia, Texas. Schedule of Events will include military camps and demonstrations, civilian and military period musicians, 19th century surveyors, civilian camps, Texas Camel Corps, settlers, and concessions for sale by the Friends.
School Day will be held on Friday April 20, with public days to follow for Saturday and Sunday. The battle reenactment will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, with pre-battle programming to begin at 1:15 p.m. with the Heritage Brass Band, a period military band wearing historically accurate Confederate uniforms and performing Civil War era music. Sunday’s battle reenactment will be at 1:00 p.m. with Heritage Brass Band performance beginning at 12:15 p.m.
New educational programming for this year will include Sweet Song String Band performing beneath the Bur Oaks on Saturday. Additionally, the new visitor center and museum store will be open Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
For 2012, the Confederate Reunion Grounds will be flying under the flags of 1862 as part of the Sesquicentennial commemorative events. Additionally, the history of the Civil War-era cannon located at the site – which included both Federal and Confederate action, as well as, use during the post-Civil War Reunion Movement – will be incorporated into the reenactment scripts.
“Although no Civil War battles were ever fought in Central Texas, three out of every four free men in Limestone County served in the Confederate Army and one in two Confederate soldiers became casualties of the War,” said Dixie Hoover, site manager of Confederate Reunion Grounds. “With this in mind, this event is held in memory of those veterans – both North and South alike – who wished to celebrate the kinship and memory of their war experiences and sacrifices. These veterans began meeting in the 1880s at camps such as the Joseph E. Johnston Camp 94 of the United Confederate Veterans, now preserved as the Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site.”
The event is sponsored annually by the Friends of the Confederate Reunion Grounds as their major annual fund raiser. All proceeds from the event are retained by the Friends to fund future preservation projects, educational and interpretive programming, and special events.
Admission: adults, $5; children 12 and younger, free; 2-day pass (Sat/Sun), $7.50; Friends memberships do not apply for this event. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22, 2012, at the Confederate Reunion Grounds SHS, 1738 FM 2705 (eight miles southwest of Mexia). Information: Dixie Hoover ( CLOAKING ) or Mary Ann Goodall ( CLOAKING ), 254-472-0959; www.visitcrg.com or www.thc.state.tx.us.
Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site in one of 20 historic sites operated by the Texas Historical Commission. The site tells the real story of Civil War Confederate veterans in Texas, at the real place where they gathered from 1889 to 1946. These veterans perpetuated memories of fallen comrades, aided disabled survivors and widows and orphans of deceased soldiers, and preserved the fraternity that grew out of the war. Today, the site remains a gathering place for living history events and family reunions and features an 1893 dance pavilion, a Civil War-era cannon, and ruins of structures from the “Roaring ‘20s” and Mexia Oil Boom. The site also offers recreational opportunities for fishing and canoeing. For more information visit www.visitcrg.com.