2018 Battle of Fort Blakeley Reenactment
Witness the excitement of the Battle of Fort Blakeley Reenactment on March 17, 2018 at Historic Blakeley State Park in Spanish Fort, Alabama. To commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Fort Blakeley, we have an event-filled day of exciting tours, informative educational programming, and lively demonstrations planned. The Battle of Fort Blakeley Reenactment will be one of the largest reenactments of Alabama’s largest Civil War battle held in several years. The event will feature reenactments of the intense skirmishing which took place along the lines at Blakeley during the week-long siege of the fort in April of 1865 and the last grand charge of the Civil War which resulted in its capture will highlight the day’s events.
Battle of Fort Blakeley Reenactment
Also included will be guided tours of the park’s battlefield, weapons demonstrations, and a special exhibit of artifacts associated with the fighting at Fort Blakeley. Souvenirs, food, and drinks may be purchased at the Wehle Center throughout the day.
The original and well-preserved battlefield will be the site of an authentic representation of conditions the 83rd Ohio Infantry and other Union troops experience before unseeding Confederate Brig. Gen. Francis Marion Cockrell’s defenders from four redoubts and other earthen fortifications.
Befort the Battle of Fort Blakeley Reenactment, it will be a living history encampment where both the federal troops and the Confederate troops will be working in the rifle pits and in the federal and Confederate works, shoring up their shelters. Spectators will be shown some food demonstrations as well as digging in, and there will probably some light skirmishes throughout the day as far as weapons demonstrations go. Starting at 10 a.m. and until about 3:30 p.m., the public will have an opportunity to tour the encampments, see group demonstrations and talk to the individual soldiers.
The battle reenactment will cap off in the evening with a final assault that will be portraying the 83rd Ohio Regiment attacking Redoubt 4 and taking Redoubt 4, which was manned by Cockrell’s Missouri Brigade. Then a federal flag will be planted in an approximately close area to where it happened in 1865. So the battle reenactment is going to be on the same field, the same works and following as close as possible the actual flow of the battle.
Saturday Hours: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Admission: $10 for adults; $5 for children 6-12
More Infomation: (251) 626-0798 or e-mail: BlakeleyPark@aol.com
Saturday Schedule of Public Events (subject to change)
8:00 AM Camps Open (Union and Confederate Lines)
8:30 AM Artifact Exhibit Opens at Wehle Center
9:00 AM-10:30 AM “Battles of Fort Blakeley and Spanish Fort” cruise
9:00 AM-10:30 AM Weapons Demonstrations and Battlefield Tours
11:00 AM-12:30 PM “Battles of Fort Blakeley and Spanish Fort” cruise
11:00 AM Reenactment of a Confederate Sortie (attack from defenses)
12:30 PM Lecture on Civil War artifacts at Wehle Center
1:00 PM-2:30 PM Weapons Demonstrations and Battlefield Tours
3:00 PM Reenactment of Assault on Fort Blakeley
4:30 PM Camps Close (Union and Confederate Lines)
4:30 PM Artifact Exhibit at Wehle Center Closes
On Saturday prior to the Battle of Fort Blakeley Reenactment of the final assault on Fort Blakeley in the afternoon we’ll also offer two special cruises along the Tensaw River focusing on the military actions here and at nearby Spanish Fort:
Battle of Fort Blakeley Reenactment and Spanish Fort History Cruise
9:00-10:30 AM and 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Cruise Tickets: $25 for adults; $15 for children 6-12
(includes complimentary admission to Reenactment events)
For reservations call 251-626-5581
Join us on a historic voyage of discovery along the lower Delta’s scenic waterways as we explore the major battles of the Civil War’s “Mobile Campaign” from the rivers on which its major actions took place! Mobile was the last major city to remain in Southern hands during the war, and Union army and navy forces converged on the area around Blakeley in the spring of 1865 in an attempt to capture the town. This narrated cruise will take guests alongside the Confederate strongholds of Spanish Fort and Fort Blakeley, guardians of the approaches to Mobile and scene of some of the fiercest fighting during the war in Alabama. We will also visit the sites of Batteries Huger and Tracy, both long lost key positions in the Confederacy’s defenses of Mobile, and learn about the numerous Confederate and Union warships which vied for control of area waterways during the Civil War’s last major campaign. Learn more about Fort Blakeley – the Last Battle of the Civil War.
Mark your calendar today so you won’t miss the next Battle of Fort Blakeley Reenactment in Spanish Fort, Alabama.
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