In celebration of the 150-year anniversary of the American Civil War, The Hermitage will be holding a living recreation of the Civil War on Saturday and Sunday. The event is aimed at audiences of all ages.
Visitors will be able to visit both civilian and military living history camps, see a recreation of a "picnic" held on the mansion grounds, experience mounted cavalry drills, attend a period church service on Sunday morning in the historic Hermitage Church, opportunities to learn about Civil War photography, and listen to performances of music from the Civil War era.
Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the role of Confederate cavalry and mounted soldiers in the Civil War, the relationships between civilians and military and the complex gender roles of the Civil War era.
The dates of the event hold significance. On July 21, 1862, a Confederate cavalry brigade visited The Hermitage to pay their respects to the beloved Gen. Andrew Jackson and his family. Upon arrival, they encountered a group of local women who were visiting to honor the first anniversary of the Battle of Manassas. The two groups met for the afternoon for a picnic, and this whole event is in honor of that.
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