Civil War buffs to portray Bull Run

Re-enactment of war's first big battle will take place in Centreville, Va.

First Bull Run/Manassas

August 01, 1999|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Civil War re-enactors will be gathering this weekend at Centreville, Va., to portray the first big battle of that war -- a fight known as First Bull Run in the North and Manassas in the South.

The First Bull Run/Manassas re-enactment will take place on the grounds of the Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville.

The organizers will have 250 acres available for the event. At the bottom of the Great American Civil War Society's schedule of events for the re-enactment, it says, "The North anticipated a quick victory but instead the Confederacy proved itself a formidable opponent."

"You'll see a mixture of the blues and grays on the field because they were really militias before they formed a uniform army on both sides," said Ronald Paull, President of the Great American Civil War Society. He said that the re-enactors try to keep the uniforms and equipment as historically accurate as possible. "The artillery, rifles, pistols and uniforms are built with the same spec that were used in the 1860s," he said.

Dana Heim will command the Union army at the re-enactment, and Greg Bair will command the Confederates. The commanders for both sides drew up their battle plans and submitted them to Paull a month or two in advance of the re-enactment.

The event's organizers take into account historical events that occurred during the battles while keeping in mind how many re-enactors they will have to work with. Each side will also have approximately three to six pieces of artillery. Today's schedule includes the Battle of Henry Hill at 2:30 p.m.


* Where: The 1st Manassas/ Bull Run Battle Re-enactment will take place on the grounds of the Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, Va.

* Schedule for today:

Sunday, Aug. 1:

9 a.m.: Gates open.

9:30 a.m.: Church services.

10:30 a.m.: Seminar.

11 a.m.: Drill.

Noon: Seminar.

1 p.m.: Signals demonstration.

1:30 p.m.: Artillery demonstration.

2:30 p.m.: Re-enactment of the fighting at Henry Hill.

3:45 p.m.: Camp closes.

Civil War Calendar

* Sept. 10-11, South Mountain March to follow the route of the 1st New Jersey Brigade, 6th Corps, through Crampton's Gap on Sept. 14, 1862. Benefits the New Jersey Civil War Heritage Association for preservation and display of 141 flags in New Jersey State Museum. For information: Doug Dobbs, 1133 Hamilton Blvd., Hagerstown 21742; 301-733-7450.

* Sept. 11-12, Fourth "Fire on the Mountain" re-enactment of the Battle of South Mountain near Boonsboro. Sponsored by and for benefit of Central Maryland Heritage League. All profits go toward preservation of South Mountain battlefield. For information, call Russell Richards or Tammy Dingle, 25450 Highfield Road, Cascade, Md. 21719, 301- 241-4707 before 9 p.m.

* Sept. 25-26, "The Last Full Measure" re-enactment at Gettysburg, Pa. Scenarios include Bull Run in 1861, Emmitsburg Road and the Peach Orchard in 1863, and trench warfare at Petersburg, Va., in 1864-1865. For information: the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee, P.O. Box 3482, Gettysburg, Pa. 17325-3482; 717- 338-1525.

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