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Civil War re-enactment set for July 4-6 at Willamette Mission State Park

The Northwest Civil War Council will present a full re-enactment at Willamette Mission State Park southwest of Gervais July 4-6.

This event will include as many as 800 Civil War re-enactors presenting living history from 150 years ago. This includes battle re-enactments at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day with artillery, infantry and cavalry. The event, open to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, offers over six acres of living history with re-enactors in period clothing and uniforms, campsites and character. 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. Visitors are welcome to walk through military and civilian encampments and observe activities of everyday life of the Civil War period.

This year, the event offers a special presentation by Steve Holgate as President Lincoln on July 5 and a presentation on “Oregon during the Civil War” Friday and Sunday. There will also be a Civil War-era church service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors 55-plus and students with ID, and free for under 6 years of age.

There is also a day use fee from the Park Service.

The Northwest Civil War Council (NCWC) is a non-profit living history organization dedicated to educating the public and its members about the American Civil War. Through membership, one has the opportunity to recreate portions of the past in educational drama at reenactments, learning more about their history and the people who lived during 1863 in Virginia and Pennsylvania.




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