Ohio’s largest annual Civil War Reenactment returns  August 10-11 at Hale Farm & Village, in Bath.

Beginning Aug. 9, Hale Farm offers "Civil War Education Day," in partnership with the 6th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry. This event presents a sneak peek into the making of a reenactment. Children ages 7-12 years have the opportunity to observe reenactor camps, cavalry demonstrations and meet soldiers and civilians in period dress. Reservations are required for the youth Education Day and can be made by calling 330-666-3711, ext. 1720 or visiting www.halefarm.org.

On Aug. 10,  at 2:30 p.m. and Aug. 11 at 2 p.m., visitors can experience a presentation of the first Battle of Peterburg, an unsuccessful Union assault on the city of Petersburg, Virginia, June 15, 1864. To recreate this battle Hale Farm & Village will be constructing earthworks in the north pasture where the battle takes place. During the Civil War, Petersburg was protected by fortifications known as the Dimmock Line, a line of earthworks 10 miles long, east of the city, including 55 artillery batteries, and anchored on the Appomattox River.

In early June 1864, Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Gen. Robert E. Lee were engaged in the Overland Campaign, facing each other in their trenches after the bloody Battle of Cold Harbor. Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler of the Union Army realized that Richmond, Va. was supplied by railroads that converged in the city of Petersburg, to the south, and that taking Petersburg would cripple Lee's supply lines. The assault consisted of Union infantry and cavalrymen who outnumbered the Confederate soldiers. However, after a poor leadership choice by Butler, confusion ensued and the Confederate soldiers were able to repulse the Union assault. Union forces eventually withdrew.

Other highlights of the weekend will include a visit from President Lincoln, Camp Chase Fifes and Drums and shopping on Sutler’s Row with vendors of Civil War era merchandise. Cavalry mounted drills, foot soldier drills, and artillery demonstrations will also take place throughout the weekend.

Advance tickets are available for the weekend-long event by visiting www.halefarm.org.

Admission is $10 for adults or a two-day ticket is $15 and for children (12 and younger) $5, or a two-day ticket is $7.50. Online ticket sales will be offered until Aug. 9. After that date, tickets may be purchased at the door. 

Caption: Union cavalry move into place to join the battle at Hale Farm & Village for the Civil War Reenactment August 10 & 11.

Caption: Civil War Education Day provides a hands-on history experience for youth August 9 at Hale Farm & Village.

Photos compliments of Nancy Balluck.