Living History Day Schedule

SCHOOL/LIVING HISTORY DAY
FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019

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

The Battle of Sacramento Committee and city and citizens of Sacramento and McLean County are excited to be able to bring you this much anticipated series of events. To have been an 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 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 done nearly 158 years ago.
(We suggest that you bring a light chair with you so that you can comfortably enjoy the many events.)

Note that there are some special events planned for this 25th year of the Battle of Sacramento, including a special dramatic presentation of "Reflecting on the War", a well-documented one-act play written especially for this year! Full details are included in the Schedule of Living History Modules listed below.

We encourage you to visit and participate as you are able. 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!)



Many of the module 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 or 12N

“Civil War Camp Music” -The 52nd Regimental String Band, a renowned reenactor band 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 pavilion (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: in the camp area south and west of the Nall-Moore House

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 accouterments of the infantryman. Includes a participation primer on the Manual of Arms.
Location: Immediately behind the Nall-Moore House on the grounds.
10 AM, 1:30 PM
"Henry Clark, a Most Unusual Confederate Soldier". Meet Henry (portrayed by Madi Wedding), a native of Breckenridge County, Kentucky, and hear HER amazing story as told by Henry and HER mother, Elizabeth (portrayed by Sue Berry). Learn how Henry was wounded, detected as a FEMALE, recovered, and rejoined HER unit. Henry later wrote a letter as SHE prepared to leave the following morning for an impending battle at a place called Vicksburg.
Location: on the front porch of the Nall-Moore house on the property.
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 receive visitors, discuss 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 engagement.
Location: On the front porch of the Nall-Moore House.
11:30 AM or 1 PM
Dr. Richard Gatling and his Famous Gun" - Meet Dr. 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 portrays Dr. Gatling and welcomes you to his demonstration.
Location: Behind the Nall-Moore House on the south side of the tree line in the USA camp.
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. Look for the red and yellow flags.
12 N or 3:30 PM
"Meet General Robert E. Lee" - General Lee, in the person of David Chaltas, will receive visitors, entertain questions, and otherwise engage with folks.
Location: on the front porch of the Nall-Moore House on property.
12:30 PM, (and 3:30 on Saturday)
"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.
Location: on the front porch of the Nall-Moore house on the property.
12:30 PM or 4 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 demonstrations of original equipment and weapons.
Location: on the field in the Federal Cavalry Camp, behind the Nall-Moore House on the property.

4:30 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.
6:30 PM
"Reflecting on the War" - A very special one-act play based on careful documentation of real events and circumstances. This presentation tells of two McLean County soldiers who served together through the entire American Civil War. Although much has been written about the 26th KY Infantry Regiment's USA, participation in the conflicts at Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Perryville, and the Battle of Nashville, little was known about the crucial moment in history when they were in Washington, DC on their way to North Carolina. This play is a conversation between two soldiers from Livermore (26th Kentucky). The movie "Lincoln" by Stephen Spielberg, provides valuable context for the short time the 26th was in Washington.
Location: on the front porch of the Nall-Moore house on property
7 PM
"Lantern Tour" - Join some very dedicated folks as they lead you on an early evening lantern tour of the camp and battleground area. It's a leisurely-paced stroll through history.
Location: the Lantern Tour will leave from the front porch of the Nall-Moore house on the property.
 

SPECIAL SATURDAY - MAY 18TH
LIVING HISTORY OPPORTUNITIES

Remember: One price gets you in ALL THREE DAYS!
9:30 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.
 

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

 

OTHER LIVING HISTORY OPPORTUNITIES

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 by the old log cabin that serves as the Registration and Information 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 CSA and USA camps. Ask when 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 equipment and how to become a reenactor!
Location: through the gates and then right (for CSA) or left (for USA).
4.
Be sure and stop by the extensively 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 property.
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 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.

6.
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!
7.
Enjoy more music as Private Lex Conatser continues to fiddle (in the CSA Artillery Camp), and other musicians (Like 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 portrays Dr. Gatling and welcomes you to his demonstration.
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 roles and responsibilities of women in an American Civil War encampment. You 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 property.

SPECIAL LIVING HISTORY OPPORTUNITIES DURING BoS WEEKEND

You are welcome to observe "Officer's Call" on Saturday (8:30 AM) and Sunday (9 AM) mornings. This is where both sides discuss battle scenarios, greetings and welcomes are exchanged, and the like.
Location: on the front porch of the Nall-Moore House on the property.

9:30 AM - On Saturday morning, May 18, Pvt Mark Gelhausen, 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, Saturday. A special presentation on "WWII Cavalry Scouts" will feature reenactors in full World War II gear to discuss how WWII tactics evolved from those developed and refined during the American Civil War.
Location: in front of the grandstand area at the Battlefield

10:30 AM, 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 a 3 minute video.
Location: front of the grandstand area at the Battlefield.

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

For more information, email us at info@battleofsac.com
visit our Battle of Sacramento Facebook page or call (270) 792-5300.

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