PEACH BOTTOM, Pa. — If you hear cannon fire in the Conowingo area later this month don’t panic — it’s just Union and Confederate soldiers battling.
The Civil War Living History Encampment and Tactical Demonstrations at Robert Fulton Birthplace in Peach Bottom is in its fourth year, according to Joel Moore, who expects more than 150 re-enactors to take part.
“We’ll have the re-enactors, living historians and settlers,” he said of the family-friendly free event.
Last year saw the addition of Gen. Longstreet’s headquarters camp, the signal corps, additional Federal generals, troops from the 1st Pennsylvania Reserves Company D, and skirmish battle re-enactments. This year brings an additional camp area featuring sutlers, the Christian Commission, and more to be confirmed; as well as Wheat’s Tigers Zouave unit CSA, U.S. Colored Troops, additional Federal generals, Confederate generals from Lee’s Lieutenants, and more to be confirmed, Moore said.
If you have ever been to Rising Sun’s Civil War weekend you are already familiar with the community of people who are either passionate about Civil War history, recreating that era and all that it meant, or immersing themselves in a bygone era.
See the tools, clothes, weapons, medical equipment and other supplies in actual use. Expect to experience the sights, smells and sounds and if you have a question, feel free to ask those taking part. There will be multiple opportunities to meet with the re-enactors and the campsites to learn more and see how life was in when the United States was split in two. You may even get a chance to strike up a conversation with President Abraham Lincoln or Gen. Ulysses Grant.
The Solanco Historical Society and Robert Fulton Birthplace are the beneficiaries of the three days of fun being held June 28-30. The event runs from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
There will be plenty of food and refreshments for sale on site, Moore said, including Atomic Hogs BBQ.
“They do the whole hog,” he noted.
Robert Fulton Birthplace is just 6 miles over the Cecil County line at 1932 Robert Fulton Highway.