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May 10, 2011

Civil War reenactment a huge success

Matt Votaw, Executive Director
(931) 589-2453 ; mattvotaw@perrycountytn.org

   3rd Annual "Burning of the Courthouse" Reenactment was a "Blast"!

The town of Linden, TN took a big step back in time on Saturday, May 7th. A one hundred and forty-eight year step back, to be exact! Over a 150 reenactors, 17 horses, 3 cannons, and more blackpowder than you'd want to shake a match at helped take a large crowd in downtown Linden on an educational and exciting adventure to relive the Civil War event that is believed to be the first amphibious attack of the Civil War. A bombardment of the town, a march through the streets, ambushes and flanking manuvers with horse mounted cavalry and foot soldiers performing line assaults were on display for an estimated crowd of over 600 spectators, and even drew the crowd into the act as the taking of the prisoners was performed on the front steps of the Courthouse, and marched off in line to be transported away.

It all started off with living histories being performed, informational lectures and speeches, and the opening ceremony which saw the County Mayor, John Carroll, make the announcements and a proclaimation. Among the dignitaries who also spoke to those in attendance, State Representative Steve McDaniel, Lee Waddell Curtis, Director of Program Development for the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, and very special guests, General Robert E Lee and General Ulysses S. Grant.

The battle was fierce, and smoke filled the air as cannons and artillery simulators exploded throughout the event, and gunfire raged from countless period arms of every type. The uniforms and Civil War period clothing was remarkably accurate and  ranged from exquisite civilian dresses and suits to military uniforms of all types, ranging from ragtag infantry to ornate officer dress uniforms.

On behalf of the Perry County Government and the Town of Linden, the Perry County Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all of the reenactors who put on a first class reenactment. We would also like to thank all of our Sponsors, whose generousity helped fund this event. Finally, a very special Thank You goes out to General Tom Doss of the Armies of Tennessee, who was responsible for the battleplan and logistics of the day, and James and Regina Sharp, the local organizers who tirelessly sought out sponsors, reenactors, and promoted the event throughout the reenactment community. Without these pivotal individuals, this event would not have been what it was.

To see photos of the event, go to http://www.facebook.com/pages/Civil-War-Burning-of-the-Courthouse/209303582432612 . While there, click the "Like" button to stay updated on the future Reenactment events. We also invite you to join our email list, as we send out information on all our events in our newsletters and email blasts. Just enter your email in the sign up box below and to the right! 

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