History comes to life at Bermuda Hundred Campaign event

Presented last weekend by the Chesterfield County Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Committee at Horner Park, visitors experienced a unique immersion event to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Bermuda Hundred Campaign.

Visitors were led to the Federal and Confederate re-enactors where they camped onsite for two nights, awakened at dawn and re-created the battles of Bermuda Hundred. Earthworks to fortify their lines, the re-enactors demonstrated to visitors what siege warfare and fighting during the Civil War was like in Chesterfield County in May, 1864. Visitors to the site were also able to observe how Civil War soldiers would have altered the landscape to protect themselves and their positions.

In addition to the battle re-creations and skirmishes, satellite areas interpreting the civilian, slave, medical and U.S. Navy stories were set up for visitors to explore. Visitors learned about the infantry, cavalry and artillery branches, as well as clothing, equipment, firearms, camp life and entrenchment construction.

This event was sponsored by the Chesterfield County Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Committee, in partnership with the Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation, the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia, Richmond National Battlefield Park, Petersburg National Battlefield, Richmond Region Tourism and Petersburg Area Regional Tourism.

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