Boscobel will play host to the 22nd Muskets and Memories Civil War Era Reenactment at Kronshage Park next weekend, Aug. 1-3. This year the event will again feature battle reenactments, the elegant Ladies Garden Party, folksinger/entertainer Bob Welsh, Pie Social, and Ball. In addition, there will be two feature presentations of general interest. Hannah Jackson will be telling stories from the Civil War era and Shelby Harriel will offer a presentation describing the role of women who participated in the Civil War as soldiers.
Shelby Harriel is an accomplished reenactor who has appeared at the Boscobel event in the past as a soldier. She is also a speaker who has made several presentations to Historical groups, primarily on the subject of the role of female soldiers. She will offer comments about why these women disguised themselves as men to fight and what sort of obstacles they faced in doing so. Her presentation promises to enlighten both men and women who may be curious about the role of females in a military environment during Civil War times
Hannah Jackson has also appeared at the Boscobel event in the past, primarily as a storyteller for children. This year, her program will feature stories from Tales of Soldiers and Civilians, which is a collection of stories originally published by Ambroise Bierce in 1891. The stories she tells will feature excerpts from this book and should appeal to both children and adults.
The battles this year were originally fought 150 years ago near Atlanta, Georgia. The battle of Peachtree Creek, featured on Saturday, was fought just North of Atlanta. It took place along a five mile long front on the North banks of the Peachtree Creek. Union General Thomas faced CSA General Hood who was trying to prevent the USA from capturing the City. Sunday will feature the battle of Bald Knob which was the final battle leading to the fall of Atlanta.
Next week, The Dial will contain a full schedule of events for the weekend