If you didn’t witness the battle that gave New Bern to the Union for the duration of the Civil War, then you still have a chance to see the Confederates get a little vengeance with the Battle of Batchelders Creek.
The 155th anniversary of the Battle of New Bern is being observed Saturday and Sunday on a 700 acre farm in Dover in a massive reenactment titled “Battles for New Berne.”
If you go
The cost to enter the two-day-long event is $10 for adults, $5 for children 7 to 12, and free for children under.
The battles take place at 7860 N.C. Highway 55 West in Dover.
For more information go to www.battlesfornewberne.com.
An additional Saturday candlelight tour is another $3 – it takes place at 6 p.m. but be warned – while the battles themselves are family-friendly, this tour is a graphic visit to a Civil War hospital after the fight.
Reenactors from North Carolina and other states are taking part in the two-day event in which the Battle of New Bern was fought Saturday and the Bachelders Creek fight is scheduled to go off Sunday at 1:45 p.m. A brochure is available to help guests follow the order of each battle.
The battle takes place across a large, roped-off field in which cannon fire, muskets rattle and skirmishers and soldiers advance on one another. As the staged mayhem occurs, guests and reenactors’ families sit along the side munching snacks and recording the event on phones and cameras. If you’re much into Civil War history it might remind you of the first Battle of Bull Run when Union citizens and politicians lined the battlefield and picnicked to watch… until the Confederates took the day and everyone fled for home.