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Utah Travel Headlines Blog

Monday, August 31, 2009

Civil War Comes to This Is The Place Heritage Park

Note: Below is a news release provided by This is the Place Heritage Park.

Civil War Comes to This Is The Place Heritage Park

The tranquility of This Is The Place Heritage Park will be broken by the thunder of cannon and the of rattle musket fire as the Civil War erupts there Sept. 11 and 12.

Civil War Days is an annual activity at the Park, but this year promises more reenactors and more action than in the past, according to event organizer Greg Bowman. He said Federals and Confederates from California and the Intermountain West have committed to participating in this year’s event.

Park visitors will not only observe battle scenes in and around Heritage Village, but may visit with soldiers in their camps and learn about day-to-day army life. Civilian sutler’s stores also will have period items for sale.

While Utah Territory was not as directly affected by the Civil War as the eastern states, there are several connections, Bowman said. Col. Albert Sidney Johnston, who commanded Union troops in Utah during the “Utah War”, later became a prominent Confederate general who died in battle. To free Union troops to fight in the East, a Utah cavalry unit was commissioned to patrol sections of the Oregon Trail through southern Idaho and western Wyoming. Under-equipped and poorly supplied, that unit suffered a number of hardships during its assignment.

The Park will maintain its regular hours during Civil War Days, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission: $8/adults; $6/children (3-11) and seniors (55+). More information at www.thisistheplace.org or 801-582-1847.

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