“Bombardment of Fort Sumter” a joint reenactment in NJ and Delaware
Several Civil War re-enactor groups will be present at Fort Mott, New Jersey, and Delaware City, Delaware, on April 15-17, 2011, to recreate the 150th anniversary of the firing on Fort Sumter (in this case, the “target” will be Fort Delaware, which is closed for the season and not yet open, so there will be no Union response from that location.
The New Jersey State Sailing Ship, A. J. Meerwald, will act as the Star of the West (a Union ship that was sailing to Fort Sumter with relief supplies when secessionists fired on it and chased it away (three months before the bombardment of the fort itself). She is sailing down from Philadelphia. The organizers will have a gun crew to fire on the ship to chase it away each morning.
Each afternoon there will be a 30-45 minute artillery bombardment “shooting” at Fort Delaware. This will be done from Fort Mott, N.J. and from Battery Park, Delaware City, D.E.
If you live within reasonable driving distance, this might be am interesting event for those unable to make it to Charleston, S.C., to the actual Fort Sumter. Hotels, restaurants, fast food, and snacks are available for guests, and there will be several supporting events such as living history encampments and demonstrations for the public to visit.
Click to enlarge the map, which is courtesy of Wikimapia.