PLEASANT HILL - Civil War enthusiasts from across the South and Midwest will gather here Saturday and Sept. 26 to recreate a crucial period in Kentucky history during the Shakertown Civil War Encampment.
The special living history weekend is adapted from actual Shaker accounts of encounters with soldiers from the 1862 Battle of Perryvifie. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, visitors have an opportunity to visit the encampment and tour Shaker Village for the price of regular village admission.
The Shakertown Civil War Encampment features guided tours of Union and Confederate camps, where visitors get a glimpse of camp life for the everyday Civil War soldier. Living history scenarios, planned for Saturday and Sept. 26, encompass everything from mail call to church services. Tactical demonstrations, marches through Shaker Village and a dress parade also are scheduled throughout the weekend.
At 10 a.m. Saturday an artillery firing demonstration shatters the serenity of Pleasant Hill. The Union battalion will march through the village at 10:30 a.m. An 11:30 a.m. memorial service honors William Henry Outlaw, an actual Confederate soldier wounded at the Battle of Perryville, and the only non-Shaker buried in the cemetery at Pleasant Hill. The Confederate battalion's march through the village will begin at 1:30 p.m. A skirmish tactical demonstration by troops from both forces will begin at 2:30 p.m.