A Civil War Battle Reenactment has been on my list for a while. The boys and I almost crossed it off a few years ago in Michigan but arrived at the battle scene just as the final cannon was shot …. at the end of the battle. I’ve been determined ever since to finally see one in full.
The location for our battle was at the Heritage Village located inside Sharon Woods Park.
The grounds of Heritage Village share the history of what town life was like in Ohio in the 1800’s.
There were rein-actors located throughout the village who were demonstrating what life would have been like in those times.
It was really hot and humid the day of our visit. Kudos to the men and women who wore wool out of their commitment to sharing their passion for history.
Here is a little more about the battle from our brochure.
The Atlanta Campaign- 1864 saw the Confederacy fighting more defensively and closer to home than in 1863. Vicksburg had fallen; Lee retreated from his incursion into Pennsylvania and the Union forces were trying to bottle up the Confederate Army. The Atlanta Campaign was borne out of this situation. General William Tecumseh Sherman was tasked with destroying the Army of Tennessee, cutting off supplies to other Confederate armies (his march to the sea) and capturing Atlanta. The stage was set for a bloody summer in Georgia.
The Battle began with cannon shots back and forth. It was much louder than I expected.
The boys and I found a location to observe along the fence that was central to the battle. It really helped us see both sides of the action.
I’m glad that we were finally able to cross this adventure off of our list. I really appreciate that we were not born during the Civil War time period.
Sharon Woods is such a beautiful park. We will definitely be back to explore more parts of the park in the future.
You can learn more about Heritage Village at Sharon Woods and stay up to date for when the next Civil War Weekend will be from their website. Heritage Village at Sharon Woods is located at 11450 Lebanon Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45241.