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City's Civil War event seen as tribute to history

Friday, April 18, 2003

The 1st Indiana Cavalry, in association with the Clay County Historical Society, has announced that the annual Civil War event at Brazil will be expanded to include a Historical Timeline. This timeline will feature troops spanning from 1760 to 1945.

This year's event, located at Craig Park on May 2-4, will include re-enactments by actors portraying troops from the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, the American Civil War, the Spanish-American War and World War II. The re-enactments will include uniforms, weapons and general experiences from the time period they portray. The timeline will conclude with a progression of firepower using both small arms and artillery.

The event will once again be highlighted by an American Civil War encampment and two American Civil War battle re-enactments. The Indiana Brigade is bringing more troops this year and they will be opposed by the Medich's Battalion. The Indiana Brigade's Field Hospital, complete with stewards, ambulance corpsmen and surgeons, will also be in attendance this year demonstrating battlefield medical procedures.

The 1st Indiana Cavalry will be expanding this year to include the 97th Indiana. The 97th was originally from Terre Haute and included soldiers from Clay County. This will be the 97th's first re-enactment. The 1st and the 97th are under the parent organization, the Armies of the Wabash, whose aim is to help youth and adults to get started in re-enactment and to educate the youth and the public about the great heroism and the sacrifices of our American ancestors. In keeping with these goals, Col. Randall Paschall from the United States Air Force will be at this year's event on Saturday to speak about America's Military Heritage.

Helping post the colors (the United States flag) will be all the actors and the ROTC Honor Guard from Terre Haute North Vigo High School. Also assisting will be the American Legion, the VFW and a representation of the 181st Fighting Wing.

Also in attendance will be both modern vendors and vendors from different periods of time. There will be a Civil War photo shop where participants will have the opportunity to put themselves back into the 19th century. Another activity will be for students, as well as the general public, to be able to learn, watch and play the game of cricket.

The surrounding schools are all invited to attend the Education Day on May 2. The presentations will begin at 9 a.m. and will continue until 2:30 p.m. Saturday, the Opening Day ceremonies will commence at 9 a.m. with the posting of the colors. There will be presentations all day and will conclude with a demonstration of field medical procedures after the battle by the Medical Staff of the Indiana Brigade.

The event is open to the general public on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Food, drinks and merchandise will be available from the mentioned vendors. Cost to attend is $2 for adults, $1 for students under 12 and children 6 and under are free. For any information, call (812) 835-1237 or e-mail at firstindiana@msn.com.

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