Barrett Hill Farm in Mason hosting Civil War reenactment

  • Members of the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry drill Civil War maneuvers led by Capt.Tom Connell at last year's Barrett Hill Farm reenactment. —FILE PHOTO BY EMARI TRAFFIE

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 9/28/2022 3:07:24 PM

In September of 1863, Confederate troops led by Gen. Robert E. Lee, Lt. Gen. Richard Stoddert Ewell and Lt. Gen. Ambrose Powell Hill Jr. stationed themselves along the 88-mile stretch of the Rapidan River in Virginia.

The Second Corps of Lee’s army led a 17-day excursion along the river, firing at their enemies in an effort to prevent Union troops from advancing further into the South. In commemoration of that fateful month, Barrett Hill Farm in Mason is hosting the first full-scale Rapidan Civil War Reenactment, with support from the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, the Liberty Greys and the New England Brigade. 

From Saturday, Oct. 1, to Sunday, Oct. 2., reenactors will experience life as Civil War soldiers through historically accurate battles, artillery fires and sleeping in soldier camps. Spectators will have the chance to watch the battles, visit the soldier camps and participate in tent revivals. 

The first battle will commence on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and the final battle will begin on Sunday at 1 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for children and free for children under 3.

A school day program for elementary, middle and high school students is scheduled for Friday, Sept 30.

According to event coordinator Tom Connell, Barrett Hill Farm hosted its first small-scale depiction of the Rapidan battles last year, and last year’s success inspired the organizers to host the event once again. 

 “We are really thrilled to go back to Barrett Hill,” said Connell. “We are re ally looking forward to giving that experience on a larger scale.”

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