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Cannons, bayonets and bad blood – everything a mother could want

Post by Brent Champaco on May 6, 2009 at 3:19 pm with No Comments »
May 6, 2009 3:19 pm

Instead of treating your mother to flowers and a buffet, give her what she really wants this weekend: A front-row view of the bloodiest war in U.S. history.

That’s right, her heart will melt at the Historic Fort Steilacoom Association’s reenactment of the Civil War this weekend. All kidding aside, the event is intended to allow visitors “to travel back in time,” according to a press release from the Lakewood Parks and Recreation Department.

After a 5-year hiatus, the event will bring hundreds of actors (or reenactors?) to the open meadows area, pitting the soldiers of Dixie against the Yanks from the North.

With a keen eye to historical accuracy, the association organized actual battles – cannon blasts and all – scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. (Here’s a TNT archived photo of the event in 2001)

The city warns that the neighborhoods around the park could be affected, especially during the battles. It might also not be the best time for dog owners to take their four-legged companions to the nearby dog park.

Sounds like a fun weekend otherwise, whether you’re a history buff or just looking for something to keep mom preoccupied. And as my boss notes, nothing speaks to a mother’s love quite like an old-fashion battle.

For more information, contact Lakewood Parks and Recreation at 589-2489.

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