The Long Road Home – A Preview

March 3, 2011 - No Comments

by Jim Barnes

The following is a report from Nick Korolev on a unique series of Civil War events taking place over the next 5 years:

Clover Hill Village, Appomatox, VA over the next five years will be having a special series of events titled The Long Road Home which will follow Civil War soldiers on the final campaign leading up to a major reenactment of the 150th Appomatox. This series will be unlike any event presented so far in that it will be reenactors and living historians working together to make these events as real as possible for the public. And unlike any other event the spectators will find themselves stepping beyond the yellow tape barrier in an interactive experience with them able to do such things as volunteer to help soldiers write home, help medical personnel with difficult patients in a fully set up field hospital and talk directly to the commanding generals.

Sponsors are the Appomatox County Historical Society, United Daughters of the Confederacy Appomatox Chapter 11, and the prestigious living history groups Lee’s Lieutenants and the Federal Generals Corps. This year April 8-10 will be the Battle of Cold Harbor. Two two hundred foot trenches will be ready for the battle reenactment and there will be rail fences set up to be taken down during the battle to add to the trenches. Union troops are needed to bring the numbers of blue up. There are bounties for artillery. Only Union and Confederate troops who participate in the four years that lead up to the 150th Appomatox will be allowed to participate at the Battle of Appomatox and Lee’s surrender. The other battle events are Five Forks in 2012, Fall of Richmond 2013, Saylors Creek in 2014 and the battle and surrender at Appomatox in 2015 all in April. For more detailed information and registration for this once in a life time event go to: www.longroadhome150.com

Nick Korolev

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