Living History Day Schedule

LIVING HISTORY DAY
FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019

Welcome to the 25th Annual Battle of Sacramento, KY!
This is where American Civil War history was made, and you can be
a part of that.

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 endured for a quarter of a century is a tribute to many persons. We are grateful for you commitment to attendance and participation.

Friday, May 17th is School/Living History Day (LHD) where we offer multiple opportunities, listed below, to meet and participate in activities to deepen your appreciation for the way things were nearly 158 years ago. (We suggest that you bring a light chair with you so that you can comfortably enjoy the many events.)

We encourage you to visit and participate as you are available. Seek experiences, ask questions, and take as many photos as you would like. You are welcome to visit the camps. (Please respect privacy. These tents are actually the reenactor's homes during the event.)

Perhaps you would like to observe a surgeon at work or help raise a tent! Please post your photos and share on Facebook, Twitter and other social media.

REMEMBER! Children & Senior Citizens just pay $5 on Friday ONLY.
(Pay once and receive a special button that gets you in ALL THREE (3) DAYS!)

Schedule of Living History Modules - May 17th.
Many events listed below will be available at TWO DIFFERENT TIMES and last about 20-30
minutes or so. That will allow visitors to make choices as you plan your day. Please
don't hesitate to ask for directions and suggestions as you walk, learn, and participate.

9:00 AM - Noon

“Civil War Camp Music” -The 52nd Regimental Strong Band, a renowned reenactor bank from Memphis, TN, will entertain arrivals and visitors.
Location: on the front porch of the Nall-Moore house on the property 9 am) and under the covered pavillion at 12:00 Noon)

9:30 AM, 1 PM

"Coffee in Camp" - Chaplain Alan Farley will discuss and demonstrate the history and use of an 1863, 3-boiler, Coffee Wagon. Coffee Wagons, employed by the USCC, were instrumental in bridging differences and fostering reconciliation during the American Civil War.
Location: on the front porch of the Nall-Moore house on the property 9 am) and under the covered pavillion at 12:00 Noon)

10 AM, 1:30 PM
"School of the Soldier" - Pvt. Dennis Hutchison, 31st IN Regt of Volunteers, USA -a basic introduction to uniforms, equipment, and accoutrements of the infantryman. Includes a participation primer on the Manual of Arms.
Location: Immediately behind the Nall-Moore House on the grounds.
10:30 AM,
2 PM
"Sounding the Calls" - Sgt. Frederick Miller, bugler for the10th IL Volunteer Cavalry Regt., USA. Sgt. Miller will discuss and demonstrate the importance of bugle calls in battle, and how critical they were to direct troop movements in the days before field radios and cell phones.
Location: Near the monument just southeast of the front of the Nall-Moore House.

11 AM,
2:30 PM

"Meet President Abraham Lincoln" - Old Abe, in the person of David Wolfe, will recieve visitors, discusss his early years in Kentucky, entertain questions, and encourage discussion.
Location: On the front porch of the Nall-Moore house on the property.
11:00 AM,
2:30 PM
"Meet General U.S. Grant" - General of the U.S. Army Grant, portrayed by Charles Michael, will join his commander in Chief for this special
Location: On the front porch of the Nall-Moore House. Gather in front of the house.
11:30 AM, 3 PM "Caring for the Ill and Wounded" - Nurse Hannah Ropes, portrayed by Jo Grayson, will discuss the evolution of Civil War medicine at her camp aid station.
Location: on the camp line, just through the main camp entrance gate and to the right.
12 N,
3:30 PM
"Meet General Robert E. Lee" - General Lee, in the person of David Chaltas, will receive visitors, entertain questions, & otherwise engage with folks.
Location: On the front porch of the Nall-Moore House. Gather in front of the house.
12:30 PM
"Eyes and Ears of the Armies" - Col. Dudley Wickersham (Springfield, IL friend of President Lincoln) and Maj. C. Milburn, 10th Vol. Cavalry Regiment, USA - Introduction to the equipment, tactics, roles and responsibilities of the cavalry, including demos of original equipment and weapons.
Location: On the field in the Federal Cavalry Camp behind the Nall-Moore House.
1 PM

“The Dismounted Cavalry” - Pvt Mark Gehlhausen, 7th TN Cavalry, Dismounted – display, discussion, and actively demonstrate of the uniform, special equipment, and tactics of the dismounted cavalryman.
Location: at the crossroad just west of the registration center near the gate to the camps.

3 PM

The United States Christian Commission" - Rev. Alan Farley will share artifacts and information about what some have called the Civil War precursor of today's USO. The USCC was founded after the 1st Battle of Manassas and combined religious support, social services, and recreational activities for soldiers.
Location: On the front porch of the Nall-Moore House. Gather in front of the house.
3 PM
Dr. Richard Gatling and 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.
Location: In the US Artillery camp, behind the Nall-Moore House on the property.
3:30 PM
"Knowing Nathan" - BG John Scales, US Army (Retired) - General Scales will talk about Forrest, known as 'The Wizard of the Saddle', citing his new book "Battles and Campaigns of General Nathan Bedford Forrest. Scales will be on the grounds if you wish to purchase a signed book. Book sales in the sutler area.
Location: on the front porch of the Nall-Moore House. Gather in the front of the house.
4:00 PM
“Hands on the Big Guns” - Lieutenant Jeff Stokes, Cobb's KY Battery, CSA, and ballistics consultant to the Battle of Sacramento Committee. Introduction to uniform, equipment, and accouterments of the artilleryman. Review of basic artillery drill during battle.
Location: on the field in the CSA artillery camp.
 
AND BECAUSE WE HAVE MORE THAN WE CAN FIT IN A DAY... Friday Evening Period Music will be played and, as dusk approaches, come join us for Lantern Tour Storytelling through the camps and the night fire of the cannons.
 

SPECIAL SATURDAY - MAY 18TH
LIVING HISTORY OPPORTUNITIES

Remember: One price gets you in ALL THREE DAYS!
10 AM
Saturday
“The Dismounted Cavalry” - Pvt Mark Gehlhausen, 7th TN Cavalry, Dismounted – display, discussion, and actively demonstrate of the uniform, special equipment, and tactics of the dismounted cavalryman.
Location: at the crossroad just west of the registration center near the gate to the camps.
11 AM
Saturday
Dr. Richard Gatling and 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.
Location: In the US Artillery camp, behind the Nall-Moore House on the property.
11:30
AM
Saturday
"Meet Frederick Douglass" - portrayed by Michael Crutcher. Born in to slavery in Maryland, Douglass became an African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer and statesman. He was a national leader of the abolitionist movement known for oratorical and writing skills.
Location: On the front porch of the Nall-Moore House. Gather in front of the house.
 

1:00 - 3:00 PM OPENING CEREMONY AND BATTLE

3:30 PM
Saturday
"Dr. Mary Walker" - Ms. Sue Berry will portray this American abolitionist, prohibitionist, prisoner of war and Civil War surgeon. She was the first and only woman to ever receive the Medal of Honor.
Location: On the front porch of the Nall-Moore House. On the property.
 

OTHER LIVING HISTORY OPPORTUNITIES
THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND

1.
Visit and tour the Nall-Moore House. This 1830's two-story log home has been extensively restored and contains some period artifacts and furniture. Mr. & Mrs. Russell Nall donated the house to the Battle of Sacramento.
2.
Stop in at the old log cabin that serves as the Registration Site for the Battle of Sacramento. The cabin was donated by the John Muster family and restored by the BoS Committee and other community volunteers.
3.
Visit the field hospital and aid station and meet Capt. D. Day for demonstrations, displays, and information about medical/surgical issues during the American Civil War.
Location for the red Confederate Medical Unit flag on the north end of the Confederate Artillery Czmp.
4.
Visit the extensive historical flag display, M/M Spencer & Linda Brewer. Display, discuss and demonstrate the history of flags during the American Civil War.
Location: just south and west of the Nall-Moore House on the property.
5.
Visit the US Artillery Camp for a period-correct impression of "women in camp". Ladies/spouses of officers and enlisted members of the 18th IN Light Artillery (US) will demonstrate various camp nd house-keeping skills.
Location: Federal/US Aftillery Camp, on the tent row, behind the Nall-Moore House.
6.

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 maker, blacksmith and other craftsmen and women as you stroll and 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.

7.
Just north of the sutler area, west of KY-81, are the 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: Can't miss it! just follow your nose to some delicious food!
8.
Enjoy more music as Private Conatser continues to fiddle (in the CSA Artillery Camp), and other musicians (Like the excellent "Unreconstructed" band), play in various locations around the camp.

CLICK HERE for a complete schedule of the entire 3-day Weekend!

Click on map below to download a map with the tentative layout
in a PDF format.

Many more photos from a Living History Day can be found by clicking here.