And then it was time for the main event – the reenactment of the Battle of Chickasaw Bayou, the first battle for Vicksburg in December 1862.
First, the various units assembled and marched to the battlefield.
Once there, a narrator read out the details of the actual battle, as the re-enactors provided the action in miniature.
Then the cannons started. My goodness, they were loud, heart-stopping loud!
After a Union “cannonball” “blew up” a Confederate gunpowder dump, the Union forces advanced, meeting little resistance.
Then the South’s reinforcements arrived and pushed back the Northern troops, taking the day and the battle:
After the battle, “Abraham Lincoln” spoke to the crowd (I didn’t catch what speech it was from – not Gettysburg) and as a last demonstration, the Southern troops advanced toward the crowd with bayonets, and recreating the “Rebel Yell“, as the narrator noted there is only one recording of it, from the 1930s:
It was rather unnerving, and I knew we were safe! What must it have been like, 150 years ago, hearing that yell and knowing it was coming for you?
And finally, the troops reformed and marched past the crowd as it applauded its appreciation.
Afterwards, leaving the field, this cavalryman was steadying his fractious mount, and they struck this pose, a typical mounted shot:
And our final re-enactor? A single Marine, representing his corps and the Navy together!
Tomorrow – Lake County Discovery Museum and final thoughts!