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Posted: 10/03/12

Re-enactors will portray a portion of the Battle of Shepard's Town, at 2 pm Saturday Oct. 20 and Sunday Oct. 21 during the Civil War Skirmish at Wolcott Mill Metropark Historic Center.

(Photo courtesy of Denise Semion)

Civil War advancing to
Wolcott Mill Metropark

      Step back into the tumultuous 1860s as cannons roar, war cries echo and hundreds of Confederate, Union and civilian re-enactors bring history alive during the "Civil War Skirmish at the Mill," a weekend encampment at the Historic Center of Wolcott Mill Metropark in Ray Township on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
       Visit with the soldiers and civilians to learn their viewpoints of the war and life at home. See Confederate and Union military camps, skirmishes, military drills, cannon fire, civilian follower camps and sutlers selling their wares. Learn about the War's effect on music, watch craft demonstrations and make a period craft. Children can join a military drill or attend a period school lesson.
       New this year, Thomas Gordon will present "Songs that tell a Story," a display of more than 1,000 pieces of Period sheet music from 1861-65. Gordon's private collection, exceeding 6,000 pieces, has been on display across the nation for the last 20 years.
       "These are the songs that shaped our nation, and they describe in lyrics and illustrations, the profound influence that the Civil War had upon the United States," said Gordon.
       Three marches that were quickly composed after the assassination of President Lincoln for the funeral processional will be among the items on display. Photography is allowed of the display, and tours are self-guided.
       On Saturday and Sunday, at 2 p.m., visitors can watch re-enactors portray a portion of the Battle of Shepard's Town, a two-day battle fought in 1862 in what is now West Virginia.
       Get a special view of this era by taking the "1860s Candlelight Tour" Saturday night, starting at 7 p.m. A spirit of the past will lead visitors through time into the Civil War era to experience apparitions of happenings during this time.  Advance registration is required for the candlelight tour, which fills rapidly and is recommended for adults and children 6 years or older. 
       The event fee is $3/adult, $1/child and preregistration is not required. In addition to the event fee, there is an additional fee for the Candlelight Tour which is $5/adult, $3/child (6-14 years). 
       For more information on the Civil War Skirmish at the Mill or to register for the candlelight tour, call Wolcott Mill Metropark at 1-800-477-3175 or (586) 749-5997, or visit

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