Rebellion in the Hill

By Paul Adkins

September 22, 2013

Chief Logan State Park will take a step back in time next weekend as it hosts an event which is living history. Logan Civil War Heritage Weekend, Rebellion in the Hills, will be held September 28 and 29, 2013.

According to History.com, in the spring of 1861, decades of simmering tensions between the northern and southern United States over issues including states’ rights versus federal authority, westward expansion and slavery exploded into the American Civil War (1861-65). The War Between the States, as the Civil War was also known, pitted neighbor against neighbor and in some cases, brother against brother. By the time it ended in Confederate surrender in 1865, the Civil War proved to be the costliest war ever fought on American soil, with some 620,000 of 2.4 million soldiers killed, millions more injured and the population and territory of the South devastated.

Working from a 19th century covered wagon utilizing a giant bellows forge, teh West Augusta Volunteers will present blacksmithing, including the art of button casting, bullet making, blade making and camp ware fabrication.

Red Dog Monroe will present cast iron cooking as well as other frontier skills such as fire making from flint and steel, fur trapping and processing and camp life during the Civil War.

Noel Clemmer will perform a first-person impression of a Civil War surgeon.

On Saturday, there will be children’s activities from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.; a Ladies Tea with Mrs. Lincoln at the Museum (public invited); Mr. Lincoln will speak from the train from 11 a.m. until 12 noon; the re-enactment battle will take place from 2-3 p.m.; there will be dinner for the re-enactors at 4 p.m.; a program at the log cabin from 5-6 p.m. and a Civil War Dance Under the Stars at the shelter (everyone welcome).

On Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Civil War church services will be held and open to the public; from 1-1:30 p.m. Mr. Lincoln will speak from the train and from 2-3 p.m. there will be a re-enactment battle.

The West Augusta Volunteers are a traveling living history group stationed at their garrison in Lincoln County.

This year’s Civil War Re-enactment is being dedicated to the memory of Lettie Brescoach for her service and dedication to the Civil War re-enactment.