Federals Occupy Jefferson- Confederate Forces Rally for May Battle
JEFFERSON- Set amidst the Spring glory of Jefferson’s “65th Annual Pilgrimage Tour of Homes & Spring Festival”, hundreds of Civil War re-enactors will answer an age-old question. Would Union troops have invaded the Port of Jefferson if they hadn’t been stopped short of Shreveport in 1864?
The largest Civil War Re-Enactment of a “battle that never was” will take place May 4-6, 2012 in the streets of downtown Jefferson and Tuscumbia Ranch, just east of the historic riverport town. More than 700 troops will fight in the two-day battle that begins with skirmishes in the city’s historic downtown area and continues across the Big Cypress River where cavalry and artillery join the fray at Tuscumbia Ranch.
Saturday’s action begins immediately after the Pilgrimage Parade (10:00 a.m.) with the first Battle at Tuscumbia Ranch planned for a 4:00 p.m. start.
Sunday unfolds at 10:00 a.m. on Main Street in front of the historic Episcopal Church as Miss Fannie Benners awards the flag, she has lovingly sewn and gives to the troops. Her letter of farewell is read aloud in honor of Jefferson’s brave soldiers as they march off to war. This true and accurate account of this moving and emotional event took place in 1864 at this same location.
The final Battle begins at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday at Tuscumbia Ranch .
Along with the combatants, hundreds of period-attired “civilians” will be in town re-enacting this period of 19th-century history, assisting with living history encampments that include suttlers, families and authentic period attire, tools and weapons.
Spectators are welcome to visit the camps as well as attend a number of other related events to include:
* Jefferson’s “65th Annual Pilgrimage Tour of Homes & Spring Festival”
* 1864 Ladies’ Tea
* Southern Heritage Civil War Ball
* Sunday morning’s re-enactment of an actual moment from Jefferson’s Civil War history – the Presentation of Colors at historic Christ Episcopal Church.
* Battle Location: Tuscumbia Ranch owned by the Key Family.
* Directions: Departing Jefferson – drive East on U.S. Business Hwy 59 (cross Bridge), approximately 1/8 mile – Turn left on Hwy 134 (Caddo Lake & Cypress River Airport). Battlefield is approximately 3 miles on the right. Parking – across the road at Cypress Airport.
* Admission: $5 Adults. Children: $3
* Dates & times are subject to change without notice.
For additional information:Marion County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Information 101 North Polk Jefferson, Texas 75657
888-GO RELAX or (903) 665-2672