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COLUMBIANA COUNTY Civil War re-enactment set in park



Published: Tue, August 21, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



Re-enactors will give park visitors a glimpse of 19th century military and civilian life.

LISBON -- July 26, 1863: Columbiana County became part of Civil War legend and lore as a 24-day raid covering nearly 1,000 miles through four states ended near West Point with the surrender of Confederate General John Hunt Morgan and nearly 400 of his cavalrymen.

Just a few miles northwest of the surrender site lie the rolling hills of Scenic Vista Park, land that has remained nearly undisturbed since Morgan's weary raiders rode into the area, some having their horses shod at a nearby farm.

Columbiana County Park District will offer Scenic Vista Park visitors the chance Saturday and Sunday to step back into the 19th century and experience some of the excitement and sorrow of the American Civil War during the fourth annual Civil War re-enactment and encampment.

Re-enactors will give park visitors a glimpse of 19th-century military and civilian life.

The event is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 both days.

On the schedule: Battle demonstrations will take place at 2 p.m. each day. Union and Confederate infantry and artillery re-enactors will demonstrate battle tactics used in the eastern United States.

Visitors are also invited to view company and battalion drill of both armies and stroll through Union and Confederate camps and talk to re-enactors portraying the life of "Billy Yank" or "Johnny Reb", the common soldiers of the Civil War.

Demonstrations of soap making will take place daily. Clothing, supplies, gifts and food will be available to re-enactors and guests throughout the weekend.

There will be a period style show and ladies' tea at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. An open air concert and period wedding at 7 p.m. will be followed by a dress ball.

Visitors are invited to a period church service at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Scenic Vista Park is on Wayne Bridge Road four miles off U.S. Route 30 west of Lisbon.




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