More than 1,500 participants bring the 1860s to life at the Jackson Civil War Muster, attended by around 30,000 spectators every year. Since 1984, the annual two-day Muster has featured the reenactment of a different battle on each day. The battles alternate each year, so last year’s battle will never be the same as this year’s. It’s a unique opportunity to relive a turning point in our country’s history, and one that few reenactments can beat.
A Weekend in the Past
An average morning at the Jackson Civil War Muster begins with battalion drills from both sides, Union and Confederate. Events follow in the Historic Village of Jacksonburgh, a battle encampment re-creation that houses historian lectures, impersonators and period music in the hours leading up to the battle. The main attraction features 1,500 reenactors armed with weapons, uniforms and personalities that would have been commonplace during the Civil War. Guests and participants often join for a concert, a military ball and an artillery “night fire” when the battels are over. Admission is free for spectators. For more information and a detailed schedule of the two-day event, visit CivilWarMuster.org.