The Rebellion in the Hills Civil War re-enactment opens this weekend, starting on Saturday at 10 a.m. with activities for children. There will then be a skirmish starting at 2:30 p.m. and President Lincoln’s address at the log cabin at 5:30 p.m., among other events.
There will also be a dance on Saturday and the re-enactment will take place again Sunday.
The re-enactment will recreate the era of the Blue and the Grey, of historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln, General Robert E. Lee and days when brother fought brother at places like Shiloh and Gettysburg.
Historical reenactors portraying figures such as President Abraham Lincoln will be present on Saturday and Sunday and Confederate and Yankee units will do battle in skirmishes.
Noel Clemmer will bring the horrors of 19th Century war to life when he portrays an authentic Civil War era battlefield doctor.
Clemmer will reenact a gruesome battlefield operation and will have historical photographs, medical instruments and weapons on display.
Joyce P. Browning will portray Mary Todd Lincoln.
The rebellion features re-enactors bringing historic figures to life, authentic frontier- and civil war-era sutlers and the opportunity to visit the Confederate and Yankee camps and find out what life was like in the field for 19th century soldiers.
Highlights of the event include authentic Civil War demonstrations by soldiers and re-enactors; living history encampments; military drill demonstrations; a ladies tea; a Civil War-era dance under the stars; quilters; an authentic blacksmith; authentic sutlers; a Civil War church Service and many activities for children.
The Rebellion in the Hills is made possible thanks to an army of volunteers and supporters including re-enactors and supporters like Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, the Logan Civil War Reenactment Committee and area businesses and churches and many others.
The event starts Saturday at 10 a.m. with activities for children scheduled from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. From 11 a.m. to noon a Ladies Tea is scheduled at the log cabin. From 12:30-1 p.m. President Lincoln will give an address from the train. From 2:30-3:30 p.m. the skirmish will take place followed by Noel Clemmons demonstrations of Civil War surgery after the battle. At 5:30 p.m., President Lincoln will make an address at the log cabin. A Dance Under the Stars will be held from 8-10 p.m. at night by the shelter featuring authentic period music.
Sunday’s events kick off with a Civil War era Church Service at 10 a.m. followed by an address by President Lincoln at the train at 12:30-1 p.m. Reenactment battles will take place from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Activities are open to the public and are free. Visitors can visit reenactors camps when battles and skirmishes are not taking place to see what life in the field was like for soldiers in the 1860s. Local students will receive signed papers to take to their teachers showing they participated in this history based event.