Civil War reenactment

Manchester - posted Sep, 21 2012

The public is invited as Connecticut Commemorates the Battle of Antietam during a two-day event held Sept. 29 and 30 at Wickham Park in Manchester. Attendance is free, though the park charges $5 for parking. A large encampment of 500 Union, Confederate, and civilian re-enactors will highlight the event, along with dozens of educational and commemorative activities developed for families, educators, and historians. In addition to cavalry and artillery drills, firing demonstrations, infantry load and fire competitions, and cannon firing, visitors are invited to stroll throughout the hundreds of tents where the re-enactors will cook by campfire and sutlers (merchants) will sell their wares as they did 150 years ago. Food vendors and displays from the Connecticut Historical Society, New England Civil War Museum and others will be set up outside the encampment in other areas of the park. More information about Connecticut Commemorates the Civil War is available online at: For a direct link to the schedule of events go to:

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