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Oceana’s Civil War Days have a new time.


Previously held in May, this year’s Civil War Days are set for July 18-20.


“This event was moved to July to try and increase community participation by avoiding conflicts with area proms, dances, Mother’s Day and other events that take place in May,” said Jim Cook of the Wyoming County Historical Museum. “We were also hoping July would give us better weather conditions.”


Reuben Mitchell of Hale’s Battery will be in charge of this year’s reenactment.


“Mr. Mitchell is well known in the reenactment world,” Cook said. “He has helped Gilbert and other reenactment events to grow, so we are hoping he can help us to make our event more successful.”


He said Mitchell’s efforts helped to double the number of reenactors participating.


Two cannons have been added to the event, bringing the number of cannons to three.


“It should be exciting for the visitors,” Cook commented.


“I would encourage everyone to come out and see how our ancestors lived in the 1860s and learn a little area history in a fun and entertaining manner,” he said.


Here is the schedule for this year’s Civil War Days:


Friday, July 18


Reenactors register all day.


7 p.m.: Ghost stories by David “Bugs” Stover at Gilliland Park Amphitheater.


Saturday, July 19


9 a.m.: Camp open to the public.


10:30 a.m.: Officers meeting at 22nd VA.


2 p.m.: Civil War battle.


5 p.m.: Dinner at the amphitheater for reenactors only.


7 p.m.: Civil War Ball at amphitheater with live music by the Tower Street String Band. Public is invited to to listen to the music and learn how to dance as people did in the 1860s.


9:30 p.m.: Cannon Night Fire.


10 p.m. Camp closed.


Sunday, July 20


9 a.m.: Camp open to the public.


10:30 a.m.: Civil War church service.


11:30 a.m.: Officers meeting at 22nd VA.


2 p.m.: Civil War battle.


3 p.m.: Camp closed after battle.


The educational component of Civil War Days was held in May for Wyoming County students.


Civil War Days are sponsored by the Wyoming County Historical Museum, the Wyoming County Commission and the Wyoming County Convention and Visitors Bureau.


John Conley can be reached at 304-732-6060 or on Twitter @PIHnews.


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