29th Annual Civil War Reenactment at Neshaminy State Park – CANCELLED 4/13

Union re-enactors explain the working of a cannon to visitors at the Civil War Re-Enactment at Neshaminy State Park.  (submitted by Ilena Di Toro)

UPDATE 4/13/18: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR 2018!!!!

Press Release from Ilena Di Toro:

The 29th annual Civil War Re-enactment will take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29, 2018 at Neshaminy State Park, located on 3401 State Road in Bensalem, PA, from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, rain or shine. Admission is free.

This event is the largest Civil War re-enactment on the East Coast outside of Gettysburg, it is featured in the Top 21 Re-enactments List on The History List.Com and is coordinated by the Neshaminy Living History Association, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. The theme for this year’s re-enactment is “The Battle of Chickamauga”.  Over 1,000 re-enactors will converge on the park for this event featuring:

  • Authentic battle re-enactments
  • Camp life scenarios
  • Military and civilian life demonstrations
  • April 29 only at 11:00 AM: 1860’s Exhibition Baseball Game featuring the Monmouth Furnace vs the New York Mutuals at the Drill Field

Union cavalry re-enactors head out to inspect the troops. (Submitted by Ilena Di Toro)

The Battle of Chickamauga took place from September 18-20, 1863. After being forced out of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Confederate forces, led by General Braxton Bragg, fought with Union troops, led by Major General William Rosecrans near Chickamauga Creek in northern Georgia. On the afternoon of September 20, Confederate troops led by Lieutenant General James Longstreet, found a gap in the Union lines and was able to push one third of Rosecrans’ troops from the battlefield. Union troops lead by Major General George H. Thomas held their ground on a part of the battlefield known as Horseshoe Ridge, which allowed the Union forces to withdraw after nightfall and retreat to Chattanooga. While the battle was a Confederate victory, Confederate forces weren’t able to destroy Rosecrans’ forces or retake Chattanooga. This battle was one of the bloodiest in the Western Theater, with over 34,000 casualties.

While admission is free, a voluntary collection will be taken each day of the event and all proceeds will go toward historical preservation efforts. The Neshaminy Civil War Re-enactment has raised over $60,000 during its 28-year history for various Civil War organizations.

This event is sponsored by the following businesses and organizations: Parx Casino, Neshaminy State Park, the Bensalem Historical Society, the 28th Pennsylvania Historical Association, the 1st Legion, Provisional Army of the Confederate States, the Delaware Valley Civil War Roundtable, The Grand Army of the Republic Museum and Library, and Republic Services.

Confederate re-enactors drill before the battle. (Submitted by Ilena Di Toro)

For more information about the re-enactment, go to www.neshaminycwevent.org, like the Neshaminy Civil War Reenactment on Facebook, contact Chuck Gilson, Event Executive Chairman, at cdgilson5@comcast.net or write to Neshaminy Living History Association, 3211 Knights Road, Bensalem, PA 19020.

 

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