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Civil War Days end with annual skirmish at Heritage Village in Largo

Heritage Village was transformed into the 1860s on Saturday with Civil War Days.

The event drew more than 1,500 people, including volunteers and re-enactors, according to Tracy Spikes, the museum’s curator of education.

“I think the general view was that it worked out really well and our visitors really enjoyed the different activities that were available,” Spikes said. “The skirmish went off without any hitches.”

This year’s 26th annual Heritage Village Skirmish involved Confederate forces lying in wait for the Union soldiers and then mounting an attack, according to Lewis Zerfas, spokesman for the USS Fort Henry, one of the living history units hosting the event. Activities included a military trial, parade and drills; salt-making and blacksmithing demonstrations; and an old-time baseball game.

Beyond public view, there were unorthodox touches: Confederate re-enactor Walter Cook, 18, of Webster, plopped down next to a central air conditioning vent in a house at the Heritage Village to cool off. “Luckily, the inaccurate AC kept me cool for a minute,” he said.

And, while Confederates are generally dressed in gray and Union troops in blue, there are some exceptions: Traditionally, Union sharphooters or snipers dressed in green.

The event was sponsored by the Pinellas County Historical Society.

Civil War Days end with annual skirmish at Heritage Village in Largo 05/19/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 19, 2009 7:23pm]
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