May 17-19, 2019

Purchase a button and attend all three (3) days for one price!

Reenactors - don't forget to pre-register for a chance to win a gun!
Click here.

Click here to find out about the Order of the Spurs Competition 
taking place again this year at the Battle of Sacramento.

The Battle of Sacramento Committee and the city and citizands of Sacramento and McLean County are excited to be able to bring you this much anticipated series of events. To have been a much beloved annual event for a quarter of a century is a tribute to many persons. We are grateful for your commitment to attendance and participation!

FRIDAY, May 17

8 AM Open Registration for Reenactors

9 AM
Gates open
Friday for the public

Tour the homestead area east of the registration area. See how families lived back then, how they cooked their meals, set up and maintained their farm animals.

Take a look at the old log cabin now in use for registration on the grounds.

9 AM -
4:30 PM
Living History Day begins. Click here for Living History Day detailed itinerary and map.


Join us for a Special 1-Act Play and followed by lantern tour & storytelling through the camps

Every Day

Other activities available all day long:
- Tour the Sutler area where you will find supply stores, blacksmith, dressmakers, novelty shops, and more! (and while there, stop in and enjoy some kettle corn, sassparilla rootbeer and freshly squeezed lemonade)
- Visit the Dignitaries Tent where you might just meet Gen. Robert E. Lee, President Abe Lincoln, General Grant, and many others! (and do check out the tent next door where one can purchase official t-shirts, mugs, books & other memorabilia)

Every Day

- Take a tour of the historic Nall-Moore House. (this period furnished two-story home was actually occupied when the battle took place)
Every Day

- Stop in and sit a spell at the old log cabin now used for reenactor registration and information center. (come pull up a chair under the porch and enjoy the music of "52nd Regimental String Band" and others.

All Day

- Tour the homestead area east of the old log cabin. (see how the families lived back then, how they cooked their meals, set up housekeeping and maintained the farm animals)
- Visit the Military camps,
engage with the soldiers. (see military procedures and learn how they lived, cooked their meals, and slept inside tents or under the stars)
- Watch for military drills
on the battlefield & in the camps throughout the day.
There will also be artillery rocket, Gatling gun & cannon fire demonstrations throughout the day.

MIDNIGHT Taps, all quiet

Saturday, May 18
Public welcome to come watch all activities.

8 AM Reveille
8:30 AM Officer's Call - You are welcome to observe on Saturday and Sunday mornings. This is where both sides discuss battle scenarios, greetings and welcomes are exchanged and the like (Special Living History Opportunity)
front porch of the Nall-Moore house on the property
9 AM - 8 PM
Gates open for the Public.
9:30 AM The Dismounted Cavalry (Special Living History Opportunity)
Pvt. Mark Gelhausen with the 7th TN Cavalry, a gifted and knowledgeable reenactor, will do a presentation on the role of "The Dismounted Cavalry", demonstrating equipment and tactics.
Location: in front of the grandstand area at the battlefield
10 AM A special presentation on "WWII Cavalry Scouts" (Special Living History Opportunity) will feature reenactors in full WWII gear to discuss how WWII tactics evolved from those developed and refined during the American Civil War.
In front of the grandstand at the battlefield.
10:30 AM
Order of the Spur Cavalry Competition (Special Living History Opportunity) Saturday morning - mounted Cavalry Troopers will compete for the prized "Order of the Spur Best Trooper Award". Come watch these excellent horsemen and horsewomen and their beautiful mounts compete for the award in contests of agility, speed, and precision. Click here for 3 minute video about the Best Trooper.
Location: on the Battle field
11 AM Dr. Richard J. Gatling & his famous gun.
Mike Marsh will portray Dr. Gatling. At the outbreak of the American Civil War, Gatling devoted himself to the perfecting of firearms. In 1861, he conceived the idea of the rapid-fire machine gun that is associated with his name.
US Artillery Camp behind the Nall-Moore house.
11 AM
1 PM
Opening Ceremony: Listen to General Robert E. Lee, President Abe Lincoln, General Grant, & other dignitaries provide historical background of the Battle and more!
on either side of the grand stand in front of the actual battlefield
1:30 PM
Battlefield Dedication & Mollie's Ride
2 PM
"FORREST'S FIRST", BATTLE OF SACRAMENTO. This Civil War engagement occurred on this site on December 28, 1861 when young Lt. Col. Nathan Bedford & his men nearly strumbed upon a Union scouting party of 400 men led by 18 yr. old Major Eli H. Murray of the 3rd Kentucky Cavalry. Note: we have taken theatrical liberty of adding 16 cannons to the battle.
3 PM Dedication of the Memorial Benches.
at the site of the CW Memorial next door to the Nall-Moore House.
3:30 PM "Inspiration by Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain" - Colonel Chamberlain will reenact his famous speech given just before the Battle of Little Round Top as he addressed reluctant Federal soldiers. This is a speech made famous in the movie, Gettysburg, Brian Waite channels Colonel Chamberlain very convincingly in this special portrayal.
5 PM
"Dinner On The Grounds". All the churches, civic groups, and citizens prepare dinner for all the reenactors and workers.
Visitors are encouraged to wander over to the concession area where one can find everything from BBQ, walking tacos, Philly steaks, brownies, fries, bloomin onions, burgers, hot dogs, & more.
Concession area is the left of the Grandstand area of the battlefield. Follow your nose!
8 PM
Battlefield Ball with the band, "52nd Regimental String Band" performing period music throughout the evening.
NOTE: one must be in period dress to participate in the dance. Women's dresses are beautiful and the men look so gallant.
Location: At the tennis courts at Sacramento Elementary.
Midnight Taps, all quiet.

Sunday, May 19
Public welcome to come watch all the activities.

8 AM
9 AM
Officer's Call - This is where both sides discuss battle scenarios, greetings and welcomes are exchanged and the like. (Special Living History Opportunity)
front porch of the Nall-Moore house
9 AM
Memorial at Mollie's Grave
Location: Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery
10 AM
Camps open to the Public until 1 PM
11 AM

Community Worship Services
Location: Covered Pavilion

1 PM
Opening Ceremony, Battlefield Dedication, & Mollie's Ride
1:30 PM
After Battle
Break Camp until May 2020


1. Be sure to stop by the extensive historical flag display. M/M Spencer & Linda Brewer display, discuss and demonstrate the history of the flags during the American Civil War.
Location: just south and west of the Nall-Moore home on the property.
2. Visit and tour the Nall-Moore Home: This 1830's two-story log home has been extensively restored. Contains some period artifacts and furniture. Mr. & Mrs. Russell Moore donated the house to the Battle of Sacramento.
3. Stop in and check out the old cabin that serves as the Registration and Information Site for the Battle of Sacramento. This cabin was donated by the John Muster Family and resstored by the BoS Committee and other community volunteers.
4. Visit the CSA & USA Camps. Ask when the individual units will "stand formation", and observe when they do. Some reenactors will allow you to observe their private tent spaces. Watch the artillerymen and infantry and cavalry drill. Ask about eqiupment and how to become a reenactor!
Location: Through the gates and then right for CSA or left for USA.
5. Stroll through the sutler area where you will find merchants who sell uniforms and other equipment for reenactors, ladies dresses and niceties, and even blankets, boots, and tents. You may even purchase a "housewife". Look for candle makers, blacksmith and other craftsmen and women as you stroll. Do sample a little sarsaparilla or kettle corn along the way.
Location: on the south end of the Battle site just past the food vendors near KY-81
6. Just north of the sutler area, west of KY-81 are out many food and drink merchants. Enjoy lunch, dinner or supper from one of the excellent vendors and quench your thirst with a cold beverage.
Location: north of the sutler area, west of KY-81- can't miss it.
7. Enjoy more music as Pvt. Lex Conatser fiddles (in the CSA Camp) and other musicians play including the excellent "52nd Regimental String Band" play in various locations around the camp.
8. Stop by and meet Dr. Richard Gatling and see his famous gun. The Gatling gun is a machine gun that consists of multiple barrels revolving around a central axis and is capable of being fired at a rapid rate. Mr. Mike Marsh portrys Mr. Gatling.
Location: directly behind the Nall-Moore House on the south side of the tree line in the USA Camp.
9. Meet some of the lady reenactors as they demonstrate and discuss typical role and responsibilities of eomwn in an American Civil War encampment. May learn about soap making, washing practices, and other home (tent) making skills.
Location: directly behind the Nall-Moore House on the south side of the tree line in the USA camp and other locations on the property.

Other Activities Available Year Round

Visit Camp Calhoun Union Cemetery(Click here for more information)