Fort Macon to hold Civil War re-enactment

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U.S. Coast Guardsmen fire one of Fort Macon’s cannons during a demonstration last week. More cannons are to be fired this weekend during the fort's Civil War re-enactment.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 05:33 PM.

Musket and cannon fire will ricochet off the brick walls of Fort Macon State Park this weekend when the 1st North Carolina Volunteers hold a Civil War re-enactment Saturday and Sunday.

About 30 to 40 men, women and children dressed in period clothing are expected to participate.

"They will portray life in the 1860s during the War Between the States and they’ll have the weapons of the period and the uniforms of the period, hot as it may be," said Paul Branch, ranger for Fort Macon State Park in Atlantic Beach.

He said the volunteers come from all over North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

"They do things like flag demonstrations, musket-firing demonstrations, marching and firing. There’s a skirmish that they have at 1:30. We will have cannon firings," Branch said. "They just re-enact soldiers and life here, how they fought, how they would have dressed.

"Some Union will attack the fort and they’ll show you how a fort like this would have driven off a land assault. They’ll go to some of the rooms on the outer wall and be firing out of those. The rooms around the fort are for interior defense, and if the enemy got into the fort, then the guys in the rooms around the fort would open fire and cross fire. They show some of the defenses of Fort Macon and how it would have operated in a ground attack."

The event starts at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday and runs through 4 p.m., with skirmishes every half hour.

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