Re-enactors bring Civil War scenes to life at festival

If you have been one of my followers for awhile, you know that history was my best (easiest) subject going thorough school.

I did not like history, in fact most of it was real scary to me while growing, you see in each war I have family member that were involved and family members on both side in the Civil War.

To this day families are still split for many reason about that our 2nd war and there are thousands of those re-enactments every year?

To be honest, I have never been personally to a re-enactment except a few times when a town or city held both a Native Gathering and a re-enactment on the same day in the same place.

I did read a few days past that re-enactments are now inviting school children to their idea of that war?

This is the reason for my posting.

To me it looks like a group of large children enjoying a horrible past in our country so that they can play war re-enactment ?

War, my friends is/was never a game and for sure that one.

I, having been in a war and many of my brothers and sisters can personally attest to this!


These teachers and their students learn how to make soap and eat from a peaceful fire while ‘men’ dressed in costumes shoot-off blank cannons?

Truth is, without turning your stomach, those times in war were far and few between the pain, misery and needless death!

One more correction before you read the post, if you are still following ?

Yes the war was because states wanted to break from the union, what you are not telling the children is the fact that the southern states wanted to keep slaves and the new country did not!

In the paper today

“A fascination with history runs in the blood of Civil War re-enactors Clay and Tommy Townsend. Re-enacting is a family hobby for the father-and-son duo and a way to feel connected to an ancestor who fought in the War Between the States 150plus years ago”.

“Our ancestor, Col. Weir, was wounded in Tennessee in two major battles in Franklin, south of Nashville, and Shiloh, which was one of the most horrific battles in the Civil War,” Clay, 59, said Sunday at the annual and fictitious Battle of Townsend’s Plantation and Civil War Festival, hosted on the open fields of Renninger’s Antique Center in Mount Dora.

“When I was growing up, my great aunt used to talk about the old colonel as she lived in his house.”


Renninger’s hosts the Battle of Townsend’s Plantation Civil War Festival

Posted By Thaddeus McCollum on Fri, Jan 30, 2015



Michael Kappel

“Sorry to break your hearts, Civil War history buffs, but there was never such a thing as the Battle of Townsend’s Plantation.

The annual Civil War “re-enactment” is named after organizer Clay Townsend’s former family restaurant, where the festival used to take place. The closest the war actually came to Central Florida was the Union shelling of Tampa in 1862. Don’t fret, though; this is still the best way to get a dose of the War Between the States. On each day of the festival, volunteers perform a scripted – though somewhat idealized – battle using accurate costumes, weapons, horses and tactics. In addition to the centerpiece battle, living history exhibits, folk music, weaponry demonstrations and a period-dress-required ball round out the experience. If you’ve been bingeing on Ken Burns’ Civil War documentary series on Netflix – and if you haven’t, you should probably start immediately – this is the closest you’ll get to seeing those blurry photographs come to life; Morgan Freeman narration not included.”

10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday | Renninger’s Antique Center, 20651 U.S. Highway 441, Mount Dora | 407-418-2075 | | $6

4 thoughts on “Re-enactors bring Civil War scenes to life at festival

  1. Dear Sachem,
    I re-enact famous and not-so-famous women in a one-woman shows to educate children and adults about history.
    I have not been, nor would I ever go to a “re-enactment,” because I think of them as grownups “playing war” with antique replica toys.
    They have no idea of the horror and carnage that was the Civil War. It is myopic to consider it a re-enactment without the gore that went with that, and no one would allow that.
    So, until these “re-enactors” participate in the battles exactly as they occurred, they should stick to reading books (which offers no visual connection to the reality of war) or watch movies or television (which is an author’s/director’s imagination of war, sometimes quite romanticized and inaccurate).

    Anything that glorifies war (and that includes video games) should come with a great big warning: THIS ONLY DEPICTS SOMEONE’S IDEA OF WHAT WAR IS LIKE. THEY REALLY DON’T HAVE A CLUE AND THIS ISN’T A REPRESENTATION OF THE REALITY OF WAR. RATED X


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