Originally published in Compass, July 25, 2013
Castine museum to host Civil War reenactment
On Saturday and Sunday, August 3 and 4, experience the sights, smells, and sounds of the Civil War at the Wilson Museum in Castine. Throughout the weekend, a team of reenactors will eat, sleep, and live as though it’s the 1860s, recreating a 20th Maine, Company B campsite on the Museum’s grounds overlooking Castine Harbor. The program will include drills, marches, and informal lectures.
The original Company B was mustered into the 20th Regiment, Maine Volunteer Infantry, in August 1862, according to a news release from the museum. At Gettysburg, Company B was sent out as skirmishers by Colonel Chamberlain to protect the regiment’s exposed left flank and was instrumental in routing the fleeing Confederates. Company B was with the 20th in all its battles, from the Wilderness to Petersburg to Appomattox.
The Company B reenactors, a living history group dedicated to preserving the memory of Maine Civil War volunteers, consists of men and women from all over Maine. Their goal is to provide the public with activities that are enjoyable, educational, and above all, safe.
The program is free and open to the public. During the weekend, the museum will be open during its regularly scheduled hours: 2-5 p.m. For more information, contact the Wilson Museum at 326-9247 or wilsonmuseum.org