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Civil War reenactment is today

Monday, February 2, 2004

Billie Creek Village is well known for hosting Indiana's biggest Civil War reenactment.

This year's first reenactment is to be held today and Sunday. Battle times have been set for noon and 5:30 p.m. today and 11 a.m. on Sunday. The event will conclude shortly after the battle on Sunday. The camps can be observed at any time on either date.

Robin Thomas, a Billie Creek representative, said that the reenactment will feature 200 reenactors and four full-scale artillery pieces, which will make realistic booming sounds. The battles will be held in the village itself.

"They'll be shooting amongst buildings as they would in a real battle," she said.

They have a winter battle and a summer battle, though Thomas warns that this event may not be for everyone. The soldiers will eat, sleep, and fight in the snow, just like actual Civil War soldiers did so many years ago.

The 14th Indiana Company A of Parke County will host the event. The Winter event is different from its Summer counterpart in that there will be no Grand Ball or children's games.

Rockville is approximately 20 miles north of Brazil. Spectators are welcome and there is no admission charge to the event. Interested parties are asked to park in the village's main parking lot and enter through the admission area. Call (765) 569-3430 for a reservation at the Billie Creek Inn.

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