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Civil War Re-Enactment Coming to Willamette Mission State Park

Organizers are expecting over 1,000 re-enactors to take part in the event, demonstrating actual living and fighting conditions of the early 1860s.


Kenneth King, who appeared in a History Channel documentary
in 2004 featured as Civil War General Meade, has been a Civil War
reenactor for ten years. He shared these photos of his time on the
battlefield during various reenactment campaigns

(KEIZER) - The 13th annual Mid-Valley Civil War Re-enactment will be held July 1st-4th at Willamette Mission State Park.

Put on by the Northwest Civil War Council, this is one of the major events of the year for re-enactors and promises to be educational and exciting for spectators.

Organizers say re-enactors will be in period dress, living, cooking, and sleeping in authentically detailed camps and re creating the battles of the Civil War.

There will even be a hospital demonstration after each battle.

Visitors will be able to see demonstrations throughout the weekend.

Battles involving hundreds of re-enactors including cavalry, infantry, artillery, and medical units of the Civil War are scheduled each day at 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM.

The camps and demonstrations are open to the public from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, July 1st, 2nd and 3rd, and 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM on July 4th.

Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and students age 6 to 18, and free for children under 6.

A $3 day-use fee is also charged at the park.

Willamette Mission State Park is located off Windsor Island Road north of Keizer.

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They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps;

I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps;


His day is marching on.

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I have read a fiery Gospel writ in burnished rows of steel;

`As ye deal with My contemners, so with you My grace shall deal";

Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with His heel,

Since God is marching on.

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In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,

With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me:

As He died to make men holy, let us live to make men free;

[originally …let us die to make men free]

While God is marching on.

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Maryanne Patterson June 18, 2011 10:47 am (Pacific time)

This does sound like a wonderful event. I wonder if they need volunteers to help with anything?


Crystal Garcia June 30, 2009 10:08 pm (Pacific time)

I think that this is Awesome that all these people gather every year to provide education and fun at the same time to the public. I know that I will be taking my family to see this. I think it is very important that we educate our children of the GREAT HEROS that fought for us to have that wonderful thing we get to call FREEDOM. I thank God for that. And thank all of you and may God Bless you all.


Anonymous July 1, 2006 1:43 am (Pacific time)

Yes, you have to sing along!


Amanda M. July 1, 2006 1:35 am (Pacific time)

How exciting to have this right here in our area, cool pictures. I didn't know this kind of event even happened in Oregon. And I like the music, but do I have to sing along?

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