Attention history buffs!¬† CarmelFest is featuring two days of historically accurate Civil War reenactments.¬† There will be three military units (two Union and one Confederate), the 11th Indiana Infantry Zouaves, the 49th Indiana Infantry and the
Confederate 44th Tennessee Infantry. Also featured will be¬†Union Paymaster Major Schnell,¬†a civilian mortician and a historic weapons display by gunsmith Mike Marsh.
The programs at the campground start at 12:00 noon on Sunday with the placement of Pickets by the three military units and camp visits and displays through the day with Union vs Confederate skirmish at 4:30 to 5:00 p.m.¬†on Sunday. That will be followed by President Abraham Lincoln visiting our camp from 5:00¬†p.m.¬†until dusk. On Monday the soldiers will be in the morning parade followed by¬†musket volleys until noon. There will be more camp visits, another Union vs. Confederate skirmish at 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. and President Lincoln will speak about the "recent battles" at Gettysburg and Vicksburg from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Monday. The event will feature an ongoing presentation by "mortician" Craig Malone and paymaster Joe Schnell.¬† President Lincoln will be moving through the crowds both days.¬†
The Civil War reenactment event¬†is supported by the Carmel Clay Historical Society and the Carmel Civil War Roundtable.
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