Living History Event at Cedar Creek
October 7, 2019
Roughly 100 infantry soldiers, a full artillery section and 17 horses in all will show off what life was like as an infantry soldier during the battle of Thoburn’s Redoubt at Cedar Creek. There will not be a full reenactment of a battle, but instead several events will create an interactive experience with those in attendance.
At 1 p.m there will be an infantry and artillery demonstration. Lines will form, drill and maneuver. Horse drawn artillery will hold firing demonstrations after deploying into an official batter. Throughout the first part of the event will be a living history guided tour. Attendees can see what life was like for the soldiers in the unit when they form ranks. The climax of the event takes place at 7 p.m with a torchlight tour. The tour will feature vignettes including horses and teamsters, infantry pickets, artillery in defensive line and the story of the opening of the attack during the original battle. Attendees can hear stories of the soldiers on post, men who didn’t know that they would not survive the next morning.
Living History at Thoburn’s Redoubt is free and open to the public. The property is located on Route 635 at the Cedar Creek Battlefield. Those interested can find a map to the event and parking online.
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