Civil War encampment coming to Fayette 7.10

Written by David Green.

It’s not all guns and noise at a modern Civil War encampment. There are also flying frying pans, kids marching and a hog roast to enjoy.

The fifth annual Thistle Ridge Civil War Encampment gets underway Saturday morning in Fayette, rain or shine. The event is located in the northeast corner of the village, off Park Drive and Industrial Parkway (County Road S).

In past years, the Thistle Ridge event has focused on skirmishes in the early part of the Civil War. Battles featured this year are the pivotal confrontation from Gettysburg known as the Wheatfield and Snodgrass Hill from Chickamauga.

The Thistle Ridge Encampment doesn’t involve huge numbers of troops as many large events do, but it does provide visitors with the opportunity to engage with the reënactors and learn about the important time in America’s history.

Visitors will be able to watch reënactors participate in games such as the frying pan toss and the wet chemise contest, and also learn about the workings of a muzzleloading rifle and daily life in a camp.

The challenges of feeding large numbers of troops will be addresses as campsites demonstrate cooking with cast iron utensils and wood fires.

A highlight of the weekend is the lantern tour beginning at 9 p.m. Saturday. Guides will walk visitors through the camp to describe activities by lantern light.

A whole hog will be prepared by Hogs R Us of Fayette to serve as a fund-raiser for the annual event. Eaters can save some cash by buying tickets in advance at Beaverson Insurance Agency on West Main Street.

A special event this year—one that might not occur again—is an authentic wedding, performed in Civil War era style.

10:30 a.m.    Frying pan toss
11 a.m.    Speed shooting contest
11:30 a.m.    Wet chemise contest
1 p.m.    Officers’ meeting
2 p.m.    Battle of Gettysburg (the Wheatfield)
3:30 p.m.     Kids drill and muster
5 p.m.    Civil War wedding
5-8 p.m.    Reception and festivities
5-8 p.m.    Hog roast  (open to public)
9-10 p.m.    Lantern Tour

9:30 a.m.    Camp open to public
10:30 a.m. Worship service
1 p.m.    Officers’ meeting
2 p.m.     Battle of Chickamauga (Snodgrass Hill)
3 p.m.    Kids drill by 21st O.V.I.
4 p.m.    Camp closed
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