Civil War Encampment, Emancipation Proclamation Remembrance To Be Held

See, hear and touch the Civil War at the Fenton History Center’s Blue and Gray 2013 the last weekend of September. Saturday, Sept. 28, and Sunday, Sept. 29, re-enactors will be camping in Fenton Park teaching about the everyday life of a Union soldier from Camp Brown, Jamestown’s boot camp. The camp is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

2013 is the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. On Saturday following the 10 a.m. flag raising, Fenton History Center Board President Michael Rohlin will discuss the importance and legacy of the Emancipation Proclamation. The rest of the day will be as follows:

11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.: drill and musket firing demonstrations

2:30 p.m.: Camp life discussion

3:30 p.m.: drill and musket firing demonstrations

Sunday’s schedule begins at 10 a.m. with the flag raising. The rest of the day is as follows:

10:30 and 2:30: Camp life discussions

11:30, 1:30 and 3:30: drill and musket firing demonstrations.

“This is a great way to learn our local history,” said Joni Blackman, director. “The local boot camp for Jamestown, Camp Brown, was located very near Fletcher Elementary School. Soldiers were housed there for a month or so before they went off to war in 1862. I encourage anyone who has an interest in the Civil War or history to stop down and check out the encampment.”

The event is free to the public.