Historic Civil War Re-enactment comes to Fort Adams in Newport Rhode Island Saturday/Sunday May 18 & 19 2013

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Flame and smoke belching from cannons, officers shouting commands and soldiers clashing in mock combat all happen on Saturday May 18th and Sunday May 19th 2013 at The Fort Adams Annual Civil War Living History Weekend.

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Civil War Reenactors

You’ll experience the sights, sounds and smells of an earlier age

Two exciting and informative days of history and action bring the sights and sounds of the Civil War to Newport's Historic Fort Adams this weekend. Fort Adams is located in Fort Adams State Park on Harrison Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island.

Events begin at 10 a.m. on both days and include re-enactors carrying out dramatic simulations of assaults on Fort Adams, as well as re-creations of the daily life of soldiers and civilians during the 1860s. Throughout the day soldiers and civilians in authentic 19th century uniforms and dress will invite the public to spend a day in their life.

According to Rob McCormack, Director of the Visitor Experience at Fort Adams, “You’ll experience the sights, sounds and smells of an earlier age. You can engage in learning about everything from military tactics to cooking and family life during the Civil War.”

Re-enactors from all over New England and beyond are participating, representing soldiers from the Union and the Confederacy. A “Unity Village” of civilian re-enactors from both sides will share life experiences. As Rob notes, “Our Civil War Living History Weekend is a chance for families to truly immerse themselves in a place and time crucial to our country's history and interact with historical figures.”

The two day schedule is filled with artillery and troop drills, dress parades, medical and surgical demonstrations, lectures, historic displays, camp life, and battles. According to Michael Pine, re-enactor, Fort Adams Trust Guide, and senior officer with the Newport Artillery Company, “You can spend as long as you like amongst the re-enactors, asking questions and observing the various exercises and demonstrations. You’re welcome to experience the Union and Confederate camps as soldiers prepare for and relax after battle. Or talk to the officers at headquarters as they strategize about the day’s action.”

There will be hands-on activities as well, including a daily historical Scavenger Hunt with the opportunity to win prizes.

The two day event is packed with activities:

Saturday:
10:00 am - Gates Open to the public / Raising the Fort's Flag
10:00 am - 5:00 pm - Camp life, period displays & demonstrations
10:30 am - Confederate/Federal Dress Parade
11:00 am - Infantry & Artillery Drill
11:30 am - ‘Mentioning the Unmentionables: Learn the secrets about what was really under
                 those dresses!’ with Michelle Franz
12:00 pm - Cooking Demonstrations
1:00 pm - ‘Abe Lincoln Talks: Reflections on the Civil War to May 1863’
                 Q & A with Dr. Fred Zilian
2:00pm -    BATTLE
3:00 pm - Topographic Engineers Talk
4:00 pm - Lecture: ‘Domestic Sphere of the Lady ’
4:00 pm - Prisoner Exchange
5:00 pm - Fort Adams closes to the public

Sunday:
10:00 am - Gates Open to the public/ Raising the Fort's Flag
10:00 am - 1:00 pm -     Camp life, period displays & demonstrations
10:30 am - Confederate/Federal Dress Parade
11:00 am - Infantry & Artillery Drill
11:30 am - ‘Mentioning the Unmentionables: Learn the secrets about what was really under
                 those dresses!’ with Michelle Franz
12:00 pm - Cooking Demonstrations
12:00 pm - Topographic Engineers
1:00 pm - BATTLE
2:00 pm - Encampment Closes to the Public

The Fort Adams Civil War Living History Weekend is hosted by the Fort Adams Trust with support from the New England Brigade, the Liberty Greys and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. Admission to the Encampment is $10 for adults and $5 for children 6-17. Family admission (two adults and up to 4 children) is $25. For those wishing to attend both days of the Encampment to see all the activities, a special half price readmission for Sunday will be available.

Guided tours of the Fort’s underground tunnels will be running every half hour from 10am-4pm both days at a rate of $2 for youths and $4 for adults. Water shuttles from downtown and ample parking is available at Fort Adams State Park.

About Fort Adams

Historic Fort Adams is operated by the Fort Adams Trust, whose mission is to direct and support the stabilization, restoration and maintenance and operation of Fort Adams as a public historic site. Proceeds from the Civil War Weekend will benefit the preservation of Historic Fort Adams.

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