Reed’s Bridge re-enactment this weekend

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Jacksonville’s historic Reed’s Bridge 6th annual Civil War battle re-enactment is set for Saturday and Sunday. The event provides an opportunity to explore the camp and battlefield and will feature games, music and activities for the whole family at no cost.

The battlefield site, located on Highway 161, features a homestead made to look as it would have nearly one hundred and fifty years ago. The Battle of Reed’s Bridge occurred on August 27, 1863, when Union soldiers advancing towards Little Rock clashed with Confederate soldiers.

The re-enactment will include a drill, soldier’s formation and re-enactments of the Battle of Reed’s Bridge along with the Marmaduke and Walker duel. Activities include music by the Conway Women’s Chorus and the Salted Dogs Band. The event will also feature kid’s games and tours of the three cabins located on the battlefield site. Refreshments and Civil War replica items will be available for purchase.

The Reed’s Bridge battlefield has been restored in recent years, with the first phase beginning in 2009, consisting of clearing undergrowth and trees. A new information stand, two Civil War era cannons, and a walking trail have since been added. The most noticeable change is the small 19th century homestead, consisting of a barn, family cabin, and a kitchen cabin and garden. The Reed’s Bridge battlefield is on the National Historic Register and is considered to be the most well preserved Civil War site in Arkansas.

Below is the event schedule:

Saturday

9:30a.m. – Camps open to the public

10 a.m. – Drill by re-enactors

10 a.m.-Noon – Conway Women’s Chorus

Noon-2 p.m. – Salted Dogs Band

1p.m. – Soldier’s Formation

2 p.m. – Re-enactment of The Battle of Reed’s Bridge

5 p.m. – Camps closed to the public

Sunday

9:30a.m. – Camps open to the public

10a.m. – Church Service

11a.m. – Church Choir

Noon – Drill by re-enactors

1p.m. – Re-enactment of the Marmaduke and Walker Duel

2 p.m. – Camps and Battlefield closed to the public

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