…And a Time for War

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.

First, the cavalries crossed paths, firing at one another in a minor skirmish:cavalries

Then the cannons started. My goodness, they were loud, heart-stopping loud!

They were loud and created a lot of smoke!

They were loud and created a lot of smoke!

Two of the firings from the Union cannons created smokerings

Two of the firings from the Union cannons created smoke rings

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:

Kind of scary, as they advanced on us

Kind of scary, as they advanced on us

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:

I might try to work this into a sepia tone, to give it that authentic look!

I might try to work this into a sepia tone, to give it that authentic look!

And our final re-enactor? A single Marine, representing his corps and the Navy together!

The lone Marine

The lone Marine

Tomorrow – Lake County Discovery Museum and final thoughts!

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