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Aug
08

Boscobel Civil War Reenactment: Battle of Malvern Hill

Wisconsin sent roughly 90,000 soldiers to fight in the American Civil War — the costliest war in American History.  Over 600,000 soldiers died in that war.  My fascination with the American Civil War has been lifelong and this past weekend I witnessed a reenactment of a Civil War battle in Boscobel, Wisconsin.  The reenactment of the Battle of Malvern Hill took about an hour.  Before the battle we toured the camp and talked with the soldiers, officers, and doctors who put on a well choreographed show.

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I’m working on identifying the types of artillery used, but these are functioning replicas of Civil War cannons.

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These Civil War enthusiasts have setup their camp using gear authentic to the era.

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The tents for these camps covered the grounds at Boscobel’s Kronshage Park.

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You never know who will step off the pages of history.  Maybe even Robert E Lee himself,

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and the Army of Northern Virginia.

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At the Battle of Malvern Hill, well positioned Union Artillery covered McClellan’s withdrawal during the Peninsular Campaign of 1862. 

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McClellan had been hoodwinked into thinking he was being attacked by a much larger force and the truth was he greatly outnumbered the Confederate forces in the area.  One good solid push may have gained a Union victory, but McClellan lost his nerve and withdrew.

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Tomorrow there will be scenes from the reenactment.

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