A replica of the Confederate Submarine the CSS H.L. Hunley will be a part of this year's Rebellion in the Hills.
The original H. L. Hunley, was nearly 40 feet long, was crafted in Alabama. On February 17, 1864, the Hunley sank the USS Housatonic in Charleston harbor. However, soon after that historic event the, Hunley also sank, drowning eight crewmen. A century later, in August of 2000, the sub was recovered along with the bodies of the eight crewmen who were buried in Charleston's Magnolia Cemetery with full military honors.
The H. L. Hunley submarine may have only played a small part in the Civil War, but it played a major part in naval warfare and tactics. The Confederate States Ship Hunley proved the advantages and the dangers of undersea combat. The CSS Hunley was the first submarine to sink an enemy warship.
On September 26th and 27th the era of Abraham Lincoln, Stonewall Jackson and the battle of the Blue and the Gray comes vividly to life again thanks to historical reenactors and a planning committee that has worked very hard to make the event possible as a celebration of history.
Rebellion in the Hills 2009 will have some new displays and attractions along with traditional favorites this year, according to Jackie Tomblin.
"We are having the Hunley submarine replica this year and we will be having area school students coming to enjoy the event again this year. We will have a blacksmith the civil war era doctor, President Lincoln and of course the sutlers. It promises to be another good event for people interested in Appalachia's rich history and heritage," Tomblin said.
Highlights of the semi-annual event include:
•Authentic Civil War demonstrations by soldiers and reenactors
• Living History Encampments
•Military Drill demonstrations,
• The Ladies Tea at the log cabin in the park hosted by Tia Miller and Donna Miller
• Civil War era Dance under the Stars
• Authentic Blacksmith
• Civil War Church Service
and many activities for children including free buggy rides from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; free pony rides from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. as well as souvenirs and t-shirts. Refreshments such as hot dogs, chips and drinks will be sold so be ready to bring the entire family for a weekend of history, heritage, learning and fun. PRIDE in Logan Buses will transport guests through t the park all day Saturday and Sunday. You can visit the reenactors camps all days both days except during battlefield skirmishes.
Jackie Tomblin, who has overseen the project for many years in Logan said that the event is only made possible thanks to an army of volunteers and supporters including reenactors and supporters like Senator Earl Ray Tomblin, area businesses and churches, the friends of the Logan Civil War Reenactment Committee and many more.