By MELINDA WILLIAMS
A Civil War re-enactment group will present a free Living History and Drill Day Saturday, March 15, at Wilderness Road Regional Museum in Newbern.
The public is invited to stop by the museum between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. to witness a Confederate camp, infantry drills and demonstrations by the 45th VA Infantry.
Re-enactment members will “strive to convey a historically accurate depiction of the common soldier through authentic dress, proficiency in drill, and by capturing the nuances of 19th century military and civilian culture,” said group member Bryan Beard.
Museum visitors will be able to step back in time to the life of the common soldier, witnessing demonstrations on campfire cooking, cleaning of weapons, and drill and firing demonstrations.
“The 45th Virginia was formed by likeminded living historians to provide an organization they can rally to for the purpose of attending authentic living histories and campaign style events,” Beard said in explaining why the group came together. He said the group is an integral part of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Cloyd’s Mountain the first weekend of April.
“We become immersed in the history so that we can better educate the general public through interpretive interaction,” he added.
Following is the March 15 schedule of events at Wilderness Road Regional Museum:
10:30 – Roll call and camp inspection
10:45 – Weapon inspection
11:00 – Drill and firing demonstration
Noon – Living history food/lunch demonstration
1:00 – Brief history of the 45th VA Infantry and importance of Southwest Virginia to the Confederacy
1:15 – Roll call, drill and firing demonstration
2:15 – Living history: camp, uniform, accouterments, weapons and more
3:00 – Brief history of the Battle of Cloyd’s Mountain
3:15 – Roll call, drill and firing demonstration
4:15 – Living history: Weapon cleaning demonstration
The museum will also be open for tours of exhibits.