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Civil War Adventure Day

Photos by Melvin and Kelvin Kestner.
Photos by Melvin and Kelvin Kestner

Saturday, March 15, 2014
New Bern Battlefield Park
Highway 70 East

The popular Civil War Adventure Day for children is Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the New Bern Battlefield Park. It is held annually in March to commemorate the Battle of New Bern which occurred March 14, 1862. The event is for children 6 -12 years old. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. with activities from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Young recruits and their parents will be greeted by re-enactors from the 5th NC regiment and Reilly’s Battery of the 10th NC. The newly “enlisted” recruits can choose to participate in practice drills or Civil War period camp activities and crafts. Children participating in drills will be assigned to a Union or Confederate company, and issued a proper hat and wooden rifle that they will take home. An encampment with expanded living history presentations will also be set up at the battlefield.

Historical Society battlefield guides will provide an informative and entertaining walking tour of the battlefield. A commissary lunch of Brunswick stew, hush puppies and sweet tea, provided by Moore’s Barbecue, will be served to each young recruit and his or her parent. After lunch, the day’s activities will conclude with a battle re-enactment that includes the children.

In order to make this activity accessible to as many families as possible, we have reduced the cost to $20 for one child and one adult. Each additional child in a family is $5 and each additional adult in the family is $10. Registration is limited to 80 children. For more information or tickets: New Bern Historical Society – 252.638.8558 – www.newbernhistorical.org.

Submitted by: Kathy Morrison, New Bern Historical Society