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2019 Battles for the Armory Reenactment

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Experience Civil War life in the camp and battlefield at the 22nd Annual Battles for the Armory Reenactment on November 8-10, 2019 at the Historic Gibson’s View Plantation in Tallasee, Alabama. Tallassee Living History and Heritage Days, brought to you by The Tallassee Armory Guards (SCV Camp 1921) in conjunction with the new Talisi Cotton Belles (OCR Chapter 020), is a 3-day Veteran’s Weekend celebration featuring School Day and the Battles for the Armory Reenactment.

Battles for the Armory Reenactment

All this takes place on the Historic Gibson’s View Plantation where there are expansive open fields well suited to cavalry, camping areas with piped water and shower facilities, and modern camping areas with water only. If the Lord provides water, we will provide hay for cavalry horses. Come see what the excitement is all about!

Public Hours: Daily 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Battle reenactments 2 p.m

Admission: $5.00 adults; Children under 11 free

Friday: School Day
The Battles for the Tallassee Armory Reenactment begins with the School Day Living History Encampment on Friday. We have a spectacular event planned beginning Friday with our School Day Living History Encampment where students will experience history of the 1860s to include culture, crafts, homemaking, dance, dress, weapons, toys, soap making, battle, medicine and much more giving the students new insight into day to day life during the 1860s.

Friday School Day Detail (approx. 2 hours)
You and your students are invited to experience a day in the life of a Civil War soldier. This program is designed to be a learning experience through hands-on and on-site examples of daily living in a time of war, where the soldier’s hardships of daily life ranged from meal prep, to travel, to medical needs, to battle, and much more.

Each group will be assigned a guide to insure movement from exhibit to exhibit.

Reservations: Reservations are required and must be received no later than Monday, October 29th to insure placement in the tour. For reservation and additional information, contact: Nan Todd at or phone her at: 334-324-8655.

Admission: Student admission is $5.00 each. No charge for teachers, chaperones and bus drives for Student History Day. Lunch will be offered through a local vendor at an affordable price.

Flags: Students will learn about the national and battle flags used during the four year conflict.

Music: Students will be exposed to period music used to inspire excitement in battle, as well as, help forget the loneliness of being away from home and love ones.

Fashion: Female students will learn about period fabrics, the layers of clothing worn, and how the ladies of the 1860s dressed.

Medicine: Students will view and may be asked to participate in a mock treatment of battlefield injuries. They will hear about medicines used and medical treatments that were available.

Period Dancing: Feel and experience the elegance of a Southern Ball and dance the Virginia Reel.

Blacksmith: Students will watch as the blacksmith forges nails, horseshoes and any hardware needed to keep the soldiers and their equipment in good working order.

Artillery: Students will be exposed to cannon loading and firing. There is little to compare for the feel of battle than the sound and smoke of large artillery fire!

Cavalry: Students learn how a soldiers horse was as important to him as his weapons!

Other exhibits will include: Confederate Soldiers Uniform and Equipment, Marching & Drilling, Transportation, and Sutlers.

Battles for the Armory Reenactment Mini Gallery

Saturday & Sunday Battle Reenactments and More
The public is invited to join us Saturday and Sunday for a very family-oriented, fun-filled, and educational weekend event you don’t want to miss out on. The Battles for the Armory Reenactment features two re-created local battles: the “Battle of Chehaw Station” and the “Battle of Franklin.” The live portrayal of these Civil War battles are hosted by the 53rd Alabama Cavalry reenactors. The Veteran’s Day weekend event also features a long list of additional attractions for the whole family. Included are interactive exhibits featuring period artillery, infantry, a field hospital and a blacksmith shop, as well as carriage rides around the plantation, shopping at Sutler’s Village and opportunities to enjoy period culture, including dance, music, food and crafts.

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