Tuesday, May 09, 2000

Union troops to muster again at Camp Dennison

By Walt Schaefer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        SYMMES TOWNSHIP — The clock soon will turn back to June 1861, and Union troops will muster again at the Civil War camp along the Little Miami River here.

  • What: Civil War Re-Enactment Days
  • Where: Ohio Civil War Museum, Ohio 126, Camp Dennison
  • When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 20; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 21. (Note: The museum will remain open on Sunday until 5 p.m.)
  10 a.m. - Site opens
  11 a.m.. - 12:30 p.m. — Portrayals of camp life, military drills
  2:15 p.m. — Battalion formation
  2:30 - 3 p.m. — Flag and sword presentation, gun salute
  3 - 5 p.m. — Drill and bayonet exercises
  10 am. - 3 p.m. — Portrayals of camp life, military drills
  • Admission: Free; donations appreciated.
        Camp Dennison, where volunteer soldiers trained before heading south to face Johnny Reb, will present the third annual Camp Dennison, Ohio Civil War Museum's Civil War Re-Enactment Days on May 20 and 21.

        About 145 Civil War re-enactors will gather at the site, said Gary Knepp, spokesman for the Ohio Civil War Museum. The re-enactment coincides with the opening of the museum for its third season. The museum, off Ohio 126, south of Miamiville, will be open 1-5 p.m. on Sundays into October.

        “We have the 6th Ohio infantry re-enactors from Cincinnati, the 5th Ohio is coming down from Cleveland and a group is coming here from Indianapolis. The artillery group of 30 to 40 members are from Cincinnati, and then there are 10 to 15 who portray civilians,” Mr. Knepp said.

        This year's re-enactment will depict troops arriving, being organized and trained. In the early days of the Civil War, more than 10,000 volunteers rendezvoused at the camp under Gen. George McClellan, commander of the Ohio Militia, said Mike Stretch of the museum.

        “There will be bugle calls, drums, (parades), the crackle of musketry. McClellan will visit. Groups of civilian supporters will arrive to deliver patriotic addresses and present crafted flags and engraved swords to regimental officers,” Mr. Stretch said.


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