of Yellville Lesson in History of Civil War
Waters of Harrison (right) and John Crain of Mountain Home
were among nearly 50 reenactors who set up camp last
weekend for the Battle of Yellville.
About 50 Civil
War reenactors assembled just south of Yellville at Camp Adams
over the weekend to offer living history lessons about the War
Between the States. The event was sponsored by the Yellville
Area Chamber of the Commerce and the Marion County Heritage Society.
of Harrison and John Crain of Mountain Home were two local reenactors
wearing wool uniforms that were common in the 1860s. They are
seasoned reenactors who have joined up to 10,000 other reenactors
to fight and "die" in reenactments at Gettysburg, Wilson's
Creek, Murfreesboro, Manassas, Antietam, Franklin and other Civil
About 50 reenactors
from across the region set up camp Friday for the weekend's activities.
about 400 students toured five educational stations Friday, everything
from actual artillery pieces to camp life. Saturday, about 200
residents set up chairs to watch soldiers fire rifles, pistols
and artillery during the reenactment of the Battle of Yellville.
Waters said he was a confederate soldier Saturday. Sunday, he could
be a Union soldier. He carries both blue and gray uniforms.
was burned two or three times during the Civil War, and the South
won Saturday's reenactment. Waters said the North probably would
win Sunday, saying it was politically correct for each side to
win, except at historic battle sites.
been participating in reenactments for about 15 years. His ancestors
from Newton County, the Coopers and Lees, fought for the Union.
Many other re-enactors also named ancestors called to fight during
the Civil War.
of Evening Shade said all of his family, both on his mother's
and father's sides had fought for the Confederacy. Relaxing in
gray wool pants and a red long-sleeve shirt, Berry said he looks
almost identical to portraits of his great-great-grandfather's
brother, who was killed at the age of 16 at Antietam. Civil War
reenactments are popular with events scheduled throughout the