27th annual Civil War Reenactment at Neshaminy State Park
Confederate re-enactors at the Neshaminy Civil War Re-enactment defend their territory. (Credit: Ilena Di Toro)
27th ANNUAL CIVIL WAR RE-ENACTMENT AT NESHAMINY STATE PARK
The Battle of Bull Run/First Manassas
The 27th annual Civil War Re-enactment will take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 23-24, 2016 at Neshaminy State Park, located on 3401 State Road in Bensalem, PA, from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, rain or shine. Admission is free.
This event is the largest Civil War re-enactment on the East Coast outside of Gettysburg and is coordinated by the Neshaminy Living History Association, a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization. The theme for this year’s re-enactment is “The Battle of Bull Run/First Manassas”. Over 1,000 re-enactors will converge on the park for this event featuring:
· Authentic battle re-enactments
· Camp life scenarios
· Military and civilian life demonstrations
The Battle of Bull Run/First Manassas was the first major land battle of the Civil War. On July 21, 1861 the commander of the Union Army, Brigadier General Irvin McDowell attacked Confederate forces lead by Brigadier General P.G.T. Beauregard at Bull Run, a small creek northeast of Manassas Junction, Virginia, near Washington, D.C. The objective was to crush the Confederate Army, go to Richmond, Virginia, the capital of the Confederacy and end the war. Things didn’t go according to the Union plan. Both armies were inexperienced, the Confederates had communications problems and the Union battle plan was overly complicated. Late in the afternoon, Confederate reinforcements arrived by rail from Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. They extended the Confederate line, broke the Union’s right flank and the Union retreated. While the Confederate forces were victorious, they were too disorganized to pursue the Union Army.*
While admission is free, a voluntary collection will be taken each day of the re-enactment and all proceeds will go toward historical preservation efforts. The Neshaminy Civil War Re-enactment has raised over $50,000 during its 27-year history for various Civil War organizations.
This event is sponsored by the following businesses and organizations: Parx Casino, Neshaminy State Park, the Bensalem Historical Society, the 28th Pennsylvania Historical Association, the First Battalion of the Army of Northern Virginia, the Delaware Valley Civil War Roundtable, The Grand Army of the Republic Museum and Library, and Republic Services.
For more information about the re-enactment, go to www.neshaminycwevent.org, like the Neshaminy Civil War Reenactment on Facebook, contact Chuck Gilson, Event Executive Chairman, at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Neshaminy Living History Association, 3211 Knights Road, Bensalem, PA 19020.