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I love re-enactments -- what a great way to learn some history! This one's a Civil War encampment with military drills and demos. - , Saint Albans, VT.

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Schedule set for Civil War Heritage Days, July 21 - 22, 2012

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St Albans Civil War Heritage Weekend

July 21-22, 2012

(Full schedule now posted below!)

The Civil War through St. Albans' looking glass

St Albans celebrates its Civil War history with a full weekend of authentic displays and presentations during the St Albans Civil War Heritage Weekend, July 21-22, 2012. Civil War re-enactors will begin arriving in Taylor Park Friday afternoon, July 20.

There will be a full Civil War encampment in Taylor Park, featuring units portraying both the North and South. See unit maneuvers, weapons firing and camp life demonstrations, artillery firing, cavalry drills, and battle skirmishes. Shop at authentic suttlers' tents -- the merchants who traveled with troops right up to the front lines of the war.

The Rotary Club of St. Albans and Peoples Trust Company are sponsors for this event.

Learn more about the Civil War period from living-history re-enactors, both military and civilian. Enjoy shopping at adjacent downtown shops and meals at the many fine local restaurants -- all in close proximity to historic Taylor Park. Visit vendors all weekend and the large Northwest Farmer's Market on the park on Saturday.

St. Albans Historical Museum volunteers and re-enactors will be on hand to discuss the famous St. Albans Raid of Oct. 19, 1864 and plans for the 150th anniversary celebration and re-enactments of the raid set for Sept. 18-21, 2014. The 2014 celebration is already in the planning with major sponsorships from The Rotary Club of St. Albans and Peoples Trust Company.

The St. Albans Historical Museum, located just steps from the center of the action, will be open all weekend and offers an impressive collection of historical artifacts -- an interesting and educational opportunity for people of all ages. From here, take a self-guided walking tour of nearly 60 historical sites, including places and buildings that were integral to the Confederate soldiers' raid on St. Albans and robbing of its banks. Walking tour guidebooks are available at the museum

This year's living-history weekend, the second annual, is sponsored by the Champlain Valley Historical Re-enactors and the St Albans Historical Museum.

St. Albans Heritage Weekend: Schedule of Events

St. Albans in the Civil War

July 21-22, 2011

Taylor Park, Downtown St. Albans, Vt.

Friday, July 20

2 p.m. Civil War Camps Open for Arrivals (Re-enactors only)

Saturday, July 21

Station displays (open to public until 5 p.m. on Taylor Park): the Soldier's Haversack Explained; Flags of the Confederacy; Cartridge Rolling (make your own for a small donation); Union Corps Insignia, Artillery Display, Cavalry Display, Authentic Civil War Artifacts, Period Sutlers' Merchantile Tents with Wares to Sell, Civil War Medical Coalition Display, Civilian Civil War Auxiliary, St. Albans Historical Museum Booth.

6:30 a.m. Reveille

6:30 - 9 a.m. Breakfast (Re-enactors only)

9 a.m. Camps Open to Public

9:15 - 10 a.m. Infantry Drill

10 - 10:30 a.m. Artillery Demonstration

10:30 - 11 a.m. Cavalry Demonstration

11 - 11:30 a.m. Cooking & Rations Demonstration

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch

1 - 1:30 p.m. Infantry Drill

1:30 - 2 p.m. Artillery Demonstration

2 - 2:30 p.m. Cavalry Demonstration

2:30 - 3 p.m. Troops Safety Inspections

3 - 3:30 p.m. Skirmish

4 - 5 p.m. A Soldier's Life*

5 - 7 p.m. Supper

7 - 10 p.m. Camp Life**

10 p.m. Quiet time

*A Soldier's Life is an interactive presentation explaining a soldier's duties and recreation.

** Browse through and learn more about civil war camps of the North and the South.

Sunday, July 22

Station displays (open to public until 2 p.m.): the Soldier's Haversack Explained; Flags of the Confederacy; Cartridge Rolling (make your own for a small donation); Union Corps Insignia, Artillery Display, Cavalry Display, Authentic Civil War Artifacts, Period Sutlers' Merchantile Tents with Wares to Sell, Civil War Medical Coalition Display, Civilian Civil War Auxiliary, St. Albans Historical Museum Booth.

7 a.m. Reveille

7 - 9 a.m. Breakfast (Re-enactors Only)

9 a.m. Camps Open to Public

9 - 10 a.m. Infantry Drill

10 - 10:30 a.m. Artillery Demonstration

10:30 @ 11 a.m. Cavalry Demonstration

11:30 a.m. Cooking & Rations Demonstration

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch

12:30 - 1 p.m. Troops Safety Inspection

1 - 1:30 p.m. Skirmish

1:30 @ 2 p.m. Closing Ceremony

3 p.m. Re-enactors Break Camp

All events are centrally located in downtown St. Albans City. The St. Albans Historical Museum is at the top of the park and will be open to the public ($5 adult admission fee). The city has a good number of fine restaurants downtown within a block or two of the park. For more St. Albans information, visit the Chamber of Commerce Web site (www.stalbanschamber.com). The schedule is subject to change.

Be sure to check back at www.stalbansraid.com for possible updates regarding this July's event and much more about the northernmost action of the Civil War and the Sept. 18-21, 2014 celebration that will commemorate the St. Albans Raid Sesquicentennial.

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More about the St. Albans Historical Museum can be found at its Web site (www.stamuseum.com).

For more St. Albans information, visit the Chamber of Commerce website (www.stalbanschamber.com).

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