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21st annual "Battles" this weekend

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The Tallassee Armory Guards, Camp 1921 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans presents the 2018 Battles of the Armory Civil War Reenactment on Friday, Nov. 9. Reenactors and demonstrators will welcome over 600 students to a Living History School Day. The different stations will feature artillery demonstrations, soldier’s encampments, field hospital, period dance and more, including a presentation of how the rare Tallassee Carbine was manufactured at the Confederate Armory. Teachers should contact School Day Coordinator Nan Todd for reservations at (334) 324-8655.

Gates will open to everyone at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10 and 11. Admission is $5 with children 12 and under admitted free.  The public is invited to browse through the many modern vendors and sutlers tents for period clothing, firearms, flags, books, prints and paintings.  Food vendors will include fry bread and funnel cakes to fresh pizza to roast beef and sausage sandwiches.

Prior to the battles, the public can take a carriage ride over the beautiful Gibson’s View Plantation, visit the numerous Confederate and Union soldiers camp sites and take in the breath-taking views of the Tallapoosa River Valley atop the Gibson View Hill. At 12:24 p.m. on Saturday, the Huntsville Ballet will perform a Civil War production entitled “The Letter” at the Anthony Barn. 

Saturday’s Battle of Chehaw Station and Sunday’s Battle of Franklin begin at 2 p.m.  These two local battles along the Western Railroad of Alabama prevented Union Raiders from reaching Tallassee and destroying the Confederate Armory where the Tallassee Carbine was manufactured. This year’s battles will include over a dozen artillery pieces, over 40 cavalry (horses) and between 200-300 soldiers from around the south participating on the battlefield.

For more information contact Randall Hughey at 334-283-6888 or Marion Patrick at 334-207-1181.  Gibson’s View plantation is located about a mile and half off Alabama Highway 229 on Rifle Range Road.

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