CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL PARK TO HOST CIVIL WAR LIVING HISTORY & SKIRMISH

03/14/22

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                               

Contact: Calvin Chappelle, Site Director

calvin.chappelle@ahc.alabama.gov 205-755-1990

 

March 15, 2022

 

Confederate Memorial Park to host Civil War Living History & Skirmish

 

(Marbury, AL) Confederate Memorial Park, a historic property of the Alabama Historical Commission, will host a special living history event on Saturday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Using authentically reconstructed Civil War barracks, living historians will present outdoor demonstrations on a variety of topics including weapons, flags, civilian life, cooking, and veterans’ life at the Alabama Confederate Soldiers’ Home. A cemetery ceremony and an afternoon skirmish between Union and Confederate reenactors will also be included.

 

Spread over 102 acres of rolling wooded countryside near the center of the state, Confederate Memorial Park incorporates the site of Alabama’s only Confederate veterans’ home. Life for the old soldiers, called “inmates” at the Home, was better than most had known before their admission. The Home provided housing, meals, clothing, allowances, medical care and, for many, a place to die and be buried with dignity. The museum offers exhibits on the life of an Alabama Confederate veteran from recruitment to old age, including hundreds of artifacts from the Civil War and the Soldiers' Home.

Admission during the living history day is $2 per person and admission to the museum is an additional $2. For additional information, call the museum at 205-755-1990. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic. 

Confederate Memorial Park is located at 437 County Road 63, Marbury, AL 36051. Attendees should enter through the South gate located closest to Hwy 143.

To learn more about Confederate Memorial Park or the Alabama Historical Commission please visit www.ahc.alabama.gov.

 

Alabama Historical Commission

Located in historic downtown Montgomery at 468 S. Perry Street, the Alabama Historical Commission is the state historic preservation agency for Alabama. The agency was created by an act of the state legislature in 1966 with a mission to protect, preserve and interpret Alabama’s historic places. AHC works to accomplish its mission through two fields of endeavor: Preservation and promotion of state-owned historic sites as public attractions; and statewide programs to assist people, groups, towns, and cities with local preservation activities. For a complete list of programs and properties owned and operated by the AHC, hours of operation, and admission fees please visit ahc.alabama.gov  

 

About Confederate Memorial Park

Confederate Memorial Park is the site of Alabama's only Confederate Soldiers' Home. The site operated from 1902-1939 as a haven for disabled or indigent veterans of the Confederate army, their wives, and widows. The majority of veterans served in Alabama outfits, while others moved to Alabama after the war. The last veteran died at the home in 1934. The facility closed in 1939 when the five remaining widows were moved to Montgomery for better care.

 

 

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