2018 Groveton Civil War Weekend Battle of Blackjack Grove
History comes to life at the 3rd Annual Groveton Civil War Weekend Battle of Blackjack Grove Grove on February 15-18, 2018 at the Groveton Indian Athletic Complex in Groveton, Texas. The Trinity County Chamber of Commerce and 3rd Regiment of Texas Cavalry Living History Troupe will host a living history camp, complete with civil war battle reenactments. Feel the ground shake as cavalry charge to battle; hear cannons roar as artillery fire; and watch infantry clash in combat.
Groveton Civil War Weekend Battle of Blackjack Grove: Horseback View
Camps will open Friday from 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. for school children from across the area on School Day. On Saturday and Sunday, Camps will open for the general public at 9 AM with battles at 2 PM on Saturday and 2 PM on Sunday. A 19th century ball will be held on Saturday night starting at 7 PM. Church services will be held at 10 AM on Sunday.
Civil War Reenactors from The 3rd Regiment of Texas Cavalry along with others play the roles of infantry soldiers, artillery gunners, cavalry, medical corps, civilians and others. Explore the grounds of the Groveton Civil War Weekend Battle of Blackjack Grove throughout the day to find demonstrations such as spinning and weaving, soapmaking, blacksmithing, woodworking, cooking and more.
Public Hours: Saturday & Sunday:
9:00 A.M. Camps Open
2:00 P.M. Battle Reenactments
- A historical Civil War Reenactment
- Major Battle Reenactments on Saturday and Sunday
- Civil War period Encampments
- Reenactors in uniforms
- Firearms of all sorts used in the Civil War including canons
- Horse mounted Cavalry and artillery units
- Open fire cooking by soldiers
- Period vendors of dry goods, notions, and snacks
- Enjoy your favorite festival food as well as modern vendors.
Friday: School Day
Friday is dedicated to School Day. Students from area counties will be invited to visit the event. Groveton Civil War Weekend Battle of Blackjack Grove reenactors will hold demonstrations on weapons, clothing, food preparation and camp living. Students will especially enjoy participating in the mid-day skirmish. It will be an educational experience the many children will never forget.
Downtown Parade & Skirmish
Saturday 10:00 A.M. Parade begins at 4th & Main, ending at the Town Square with a Battle Skirmish.
19th Century Period Ball
Saturday night a 19th Century Period Ball will be held in the Old Gym @ Groveton Elementary School (Period dress suggested) Door Prizes & Best Costume. The public is invited to put on their best antebellum Sunday Go-to-Meetin’ finery and join the fun at the Groveton Civil War Weekend Battle of Blackjack Grove.
Groveton Indian Athletic Complex
94 East & 6th Street
Groveton, TX 75845
(follow black & gold signs)
For More Information
Trinity County Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 936-642-1715; Email: [email protected]
Contact: Cheryl McMahon 936-707-4596
Groveton Civil War Weekend Schedule (subject to change)
Groveton EMS RV Park – 936-642-1212
Eastepp’s RV 936-638-4307
County Seat Café RV Park – 936-642-1475
Hotels located in Lufkin, Trinity and Crockett
8 AM Area open for Sutler Registration
12 PM Reenactor registration open
11 PM Registration Closed
6 AM Registration reopens
8 AM Registration closed, all vehicles out of camps
9 AM School day starts
12:30 PM Skirmish for School Kids
1:45 PM Registration reopens
2 PM School day over, camps reopen for set up
11 PM Registration closed
6:30 AM Reveille
8 AM Officers Call/ALL vehicles out of camp
9 AM Camps open to public 9:30 AM Troop formation and safety inspections
10 AM Parade culminating with downtown skirmish
1 PM Ladies Tea 2 PM The Battle of Blackjack Grove
4 PM Camps closed to the public
5:30 PM Dinner for reenactors
7 PM 19th Century Ball/Door Prizes/Best Costumes (transportation to and from dance for reenactors)
9 PM TAPS
7 AM Reveille
8 AM Officers Call
9 AM Camps open to public
10 AM Church Call/Jack McMahon to lead worship service based on Book of Common Prayer as used by General Robert E. Lee
1:30 PM Day 2: The Battle of Blackjack Grove
3 PM Strike the Tents/Camps closed/Gates open
About the Battle of Blackjack Grove
After the war, many of the survivors returned to Trinity County, where they founded Groveton. Today, many county residents are descendants of the three companies of soldiers that the county provided during the Civil War. The Groveton Civil War Weekend is an effort to continue to re-enact the history of our county, state, and nation because it is imperative that younger generations appreciate and remember the past so they won’t make the same mistakes. Where did they get the name of this battle that never happened? Since Groveton didn’t exist during the Civil War, organizers decided to name the battle after where Groveton got its name: a grove of Blackjack oak trees just outside of town!
Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Groveton Civil War Weekend Battle of Blackjack Grove in February at the Groveton Indian Athletic Complex in Groveton, Texas.
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