Bringing the past to life
Canby man to join others in sharing a passion for the Civil War
During the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, The Northwest Civil War Council will present a full reenactment at Willamette Mission State Park Friday through Sunday, July 4 to 6, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The event offers more than six acres of living history with re-enactors in period clothing and uniforms, campsites and character. Battles are scheduled at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The event will include as many as 800 Civil War re-enactors presenting living conditions and circumstances of early 1863, as well as battle reenactments each day with artillery, infantry and cavalry. There will also be demonstrations throughout the day, including battlefield hospitals, military and popular music of the 1860s, cavalry drills and a daily fashion show.
Kenneth Lundberg, of Canby, is the captain of the 20th Maine Infantry Company on the Union side and will participate in the reenactment. He has been part of this re-enactment organization since 2000. He started out as cavalry but switched to infantry so he and two of his sons, one a senior in college and the other a senior home schooled high school student, could do it together. He is a captain because battle tactics are one of his main interests.
We try to give people a real flavor of what it would have been like back then, he said.
Lundberg, an engineer by trade, was first drawn to re-enactments because it offered him the chance to learn about history in a hands-on way.
What fascinated me about that era was that the whole way our government operated changed during that time, he said, explaining it went from a state-orientated government to a federal-oriented government.
He was also really fascinated by how people actually lived, which made re-enacting a perfect way to learn more, since participants live out a full day. The costumes, food and housing are carefully researched and historically accurate.
You find out what they were up against, he said.
Visitors are welcome to walk through military and civilian encampments and observe activities of everyday life of the Civil War period. Lundberg encouraged people to ask lots of questions, since most of the participants can explain the details of the set up of the camps and flow of the day from a historical perspective.
Its not like modern camping, where you respect peoples campsites, he said. We want you to come through our camps.
This year the event offers a special presentation by Steve Holgate as President Abraham Lincoln on Saturday, July 5, and a presentation on Oregon during the Civil War on Friday, July 4, and Sunday, July 6. A Civil War-era church service will be held on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m.
Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors ages 55 and older and students with ID, and children ages 6 and younger are free. There is also a day use fee from the park service. Gates open daily at 9 a.m.