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Civil War Will Be Re-Enacted

By Staff | Jun 9, 2010

This scene from the 2007 Woodsfield Civil War Encampment includes Coordinator Kyle Yoho, fourth from the right, a member of The 91st Ohio Volunteer Infantry. This year’s event is slated for June 12-13 at Monroe County’s Shadow Lake Campgrounds with nearly 100 reenactors attending.

Monroe County will feel the earth shake as cannons boom as nearly 100 Civil War reenactors from the Midwest converge at The Shadow Lake Campgrounds near Woodsfield June 12-13. The fifth annual Civil War Encampment will feature unique entertainment and education, bringing history to life.

The event will provide families the opportunity to “step back in time.” Guests will stroll through camps to see how soldiers lived. Weekend events include talks by reenactors, a Saturday ladies’ tea at noon, a church service on Sunday, as well as tours of both Union and Confederate camps. There will also be battles on Saturday and Sunday.

“Sutler’s Row” is a period marketplace that will sell reproduction wares and clothing. New this year is special entertainment from The Mocking Bird Theater Troop Company featuring its authentic wagon stage.

Now in its fifth year, the Woodsfield Civil War Encampment is the brainchild of reenactor and Marietta College student Kyle Yoho. A History major, Yoho wanted other Civil War enthusiasts to experience Monroe County and for area residents to experience history through the unique reenactment process.

The Monroe County event will be hosted at The Shadow Lake Campgrounds to feature a more authentic camping backdrop for the soldiers and more realistic terrain for the battle reenactments. Shadow Lake is located near Woodsfield at 34847 County Rd. 2. The event and parking are free; food vendors will also be on-hand. Bring the family and watch history come alive June 12 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and June 13 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.