2019 Charlton Park Civil War Muster
See history come alive at the Charlton Park Civil War Muster on July 20-21, 2019 at Historic Charlton Park Village in Hastings, Michigan with hundreds of Civil War reenactors depicting Confederate and Union Infantry, Cavalry, and Artillery units. Shop on Sutler Row, play parlor games, see military demonstrations. Admission is $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for kids ages 5 – 12 years, and free for children 4 and under.
Charlton Park Civil War Muster
Historic Charlton Park hosts its annual Charlton Park Civil War Muster with interpreters and craftsmen in the village with demonstrations, a lantern tour of the village, live music and dancing and cannons firing over the Thornapple River. Battle reenactments will take place at High Meadow on Saturday and in the village on Sunday.
There will also be infantry, cavalry, medical and artillery demonstrations. A pancake breakfast is 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday and a food vendor will be onsite. Sutler’s Row vendors offer reproduction and handmade civil war-era goods, clothing and toys. Sunday morning, the Carlton Center Church will host a traditional worship service.
Kids $4.00 ages 5 – 12 years
4 and under are Free
Historic Charlton Park Village
2545 S. Charlton Park Road
Hastings, MI 49058
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Each unit is required to Pre-Register for the Charlton Park Civil War Muster via email or mail, at no charge, by July 5. Click the event link for the Civil War Muster displayed on that web page to view the Re-enactor Pre-Registration form to register your entire unit. You may make additional copies if necessary but registration by separate individuals is discouraged. All adult participants must check in onsite at the Gas & Steam Barn and complete a Hold Harmless Release before setting up camp. Parents or legal guardians must sign a Hold Harmless Release for minors under 18 years of age. Check-in will be open Friday from 8:00 am until 10:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.
Please pre-register by July 5. Click the event link for the Civil War Muster displayed on that web page to view the Sutler Registration. Cost is $25.00 per Sutler space. All Sutlers at the Charlton Park Civil War Muster must sell “period items”, wear period attire and provide their own tents, equipment and fire extinguisher. Sutlers may NOT sell from modern vehicles. Sutlers may camp beside their own sutlery in a tent if space allows.
Charlton Park Civil War Muster Mini-Gallery
Unit Commanders shall be responsible for the safety and conduct of troops under their command during the Charlton Park Civil War Muster and shall prohibit smoking near any black powder supplies. Full scale cannon only, mortars allowed by permission only. All cannons will be inspected by the Artillery Inspection Team as approved by the Host Unit(s). Safety Officers designated by the Unit(s) will oversee the artillery firing lines during engagements. Timing intervals between rounds will be observed.
Separate camps will be offered for Union and Confederate Military, for Civilians, Sutlers & Modern Campers. Click the event link to view the Re-enactor Camping form. After check-in, proceed to your respective camps, unload; and then park all modern vehicles in the Recreation Area.
Authenticity & Safety
All military, civilian and sutler participants must be dressed in period clothing while in their respective Authentic Camp areas. All military, civilian and sutler participants (not in period costume) who wish to leave and reenter the Park from 9:00 a.m. Saturday to 3:00 p.m. Sunday MUST stop at ticket booth and inform attendant or they may be subject to gates fees upon reentry. Please maintain an authentic impression and attire throughout the event. Public spectators will be visiting the Park throughout the weekend, so keep in mind that respectful and educational conversations with the public are in order.
Civilians are discouraged from camping with the military. Minimal civilian visitation in military camps is acceptable. All weapons, including personal sidearms, will be inspected by the appropriate commanders. Proper safety habits should be observed at all times. Firing of weapons IS NOT ALLOWED in any of the camps. Safety inspections will be held in both military camps before the battles. NO ONE will participate who has not been properly registered and safety inspected. Dismounted Cavalry impressions will fight as infantry and must have an appropriate two or three banded rifle. NO carbines, shotguns, or flintlocks will be allowed by anyone.
Please be responsible and use sparingly. USE ONLY WOOD FROM WOODPILE LOCATED AT THE UPJOHN CARRIAGE HOUSE. All other woodpiles and sheds are off-limits.
Cavalry/Mounted Reenactor Conduct
Unit Commanders shall be responsible for the safety and conduct of troops under their command at the Charlton Park Civil War Muster. All horses must be under control of their rider at all times and are not allowed to gallop or run outside the battlefield area. Event liability insurance will cover damage or injury by a horse to the public but excludes damage/injury to the rider. Riders are responsible for maintaining their own personal health & property insurance.
Company Commanders shall be responsible for the safety and conduct of troops under their command during the Charlton Park Civil War Muster and shall prohibit smoking near any black powder supplies. Weapons and ammunition inspection shall be conducted by a representative of the Host Unit(s) and approved by the overall military commanders. All bayonets or knives must be tied to scabbards or left in camp. Non-period weapons are prohibited on Park property. Officers may carry swords and sidearms.
Military Drills & Battles
Company drills are encouraged at times when official event activities are not being conducted. Troop movements through Village areas are allowed but such areas are considered neutral zones. Participation in scheduled Battalion Drills for U.S. and C.S. troops is mandatory. A Battle Reenactment for spectators will be held on Saturday & Sunday afternoons. The battles will be conducted as arranged by the opposing military commanders.
Saturday evening entertainment will be provided at the Gas & Steam Barn by a period band. No alcohol or weapons should be brought to this function.
Recommended powder loads for weapons: rifles/muskets = 60-70 grains; pistols = 20-30 grains; artillery pieces (6 pdr. & up) = 8-10 ounces of Black Powder ONLY (NO flour or other “filler” added).
A limited amount of straw will be rationed to military reenactors camped in authentic military camps. Details are available at registration. STRAW IS LOCATED AT THE GAS & STEAM BARN REGISTRATION AREA AND OPEN FRIDAY 8:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M. AND SATURDAY 8:00 A.M. – 10:30 A.M. ONLY.
In rain storms, seek shelter in the nearest Village building. In case of a tornado warning, strong winds or hail, go directly to the Carlton Center Church Basement, Stone Restrooms in front of Snack Bar, or ground floor of Irving D. Charlton (stone) museum.
Tents (U.S./C.S.) Infantry and Artillery Camps
Shelter Halves (Dog Tents) and a few “A-Tents” (for Officers) are acceptable. NO Wall-Tents! A Medical Tent/Fly is acceptable near each camp for demonstrations. “A-Tents” for enlisted men are acceptable in Artillery Camp, but should be kept to a minimum in Infantry Camps.
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