For several years, my wife and I have attended the Civil War Remembrance at Greenfield Village on Memorial Day. This is a well put together look at the Civil War era in this country featuring military actions, camps and music from a few thousand re-enactors. Its not the largest gathering of its sort in the US, but thanks to the unique setting it is diverse and fascinating.
Behind the scenes at the cavalry encampment.
Model A Omnibus at the cavalry encampment. A typical Greenfield Village non-sequitur. So I guess they are re-enacting a 1930s re-enactment?
The artillery encampment.
Cavalry melee training. Its fascinating to watch the various levels of capability for both riders and horses. Some of the horses really rebel at close quarter fighting and gunfire. Its not uncommon to see a rider with their hands full.
Artillery demo. There were three guns this year, two smooth bore and one rifled. They make an impressive racket when fired together. One of the teams present has won the national live shooting drills the last couple years.
The infantry re-enactors fire a volley at the crowd.
And follow up with a bayonet charge.
And of course it wouldn’t be Greenfield Village without Model T rides through the encampments. (?)
We always have a lot of fun with this event. But obviously, there’s something deeper and more important to Memorial Day. We remember the men and women who have given everything for the safety and security of those of us at home.