Union and Confederate armies forbade the enlistment of women. Females who wanted to participate in the war on the front lines disguised themselves as men. To honor those women who served in the American Civil War, the park's historic weapons demonstrations will feature the park's female staff and volunteers on Saturday, March 15. The musket firing demonstration at 12 noon and the cannon firing demonstrations at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM will be solely performed by women.
On Saturday & Sunday, Mark Watts – a Civil War re-enactor with the 20th South Carolina Infantry of Columbia, SC – will provide clothes-making demonstrations on a period sewing machine, using patterns and fabrics of the 19th century. Mr. Watts has been a tailor for over 25 years and specializes in authentic, historic reproduction clothing.More »