The 2015 Encampment started Friday afternoon and evening with the setup of the tents the re-enactors would be staying in. It was amazing to see all the work that goes into getting an encampment up and running. "Captain" Mike Wozny set up his diorama of over 2,000 soldiers, "Road to Richmond", in Heritage Hall. It is something to see... pictures do not do it justice.
Saturday morning dawned bright and beautiful and the day could not have been better ... not too hot and not too cold. The soldiers raised the flag on the west side of South Washington street (in front of Webster House), then crossed the street to raise the flag by Heritage Hall. Visitors were encouraged to ask questions about a soldier's life during the Civil War and children were invited to participate in a scavenger hunt for items that were used during the time. Re-enactors would sign off when the kids found the items they were searching for and a completed paper would be rewarded with a prize. Terry Dyer set up a display in Heritage Hall of the Civil War memorabilia he has collected over the years. The ladies encampment set up a quilt stand and encouraged visitors to try their hand at quilting. Re-enactor, Brian Staples, gave a demonstration of musket firing. "Captain" Wozny related the story about "The Last Great Reunion"; the 75th anniversary of the battle at Gettysburg. At the end of the day, the soldiers lowered the flags. Members of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865 Detached Tent #23 and Tent #21 served a dinner for the re-enactors.
Sunday morning started with breakfast served by members of Tent #23. After breakfast, there was an old fashioned worship service at which the chaplain, Don Shawhan, officiated. After the worship service, the flags were once again raised on both sides of the street. Visitors again came to see the encampment and children participated in the scavanger hunt. The soldiers played "Bean Bags"; 4 points for getting the bag in the bucket, 2 points if the bag was leaning on the bucket, and 1 point if the bag was within a fist size of the bucket. Musket firing was demonstrated. The day completed with a fashion show. The torrential rain that started during the fashion show caused the encampment to end early.