Jefferson Texas Civil War Re-enactment & Living History Event
Experience a true civil war naval battle aboard the Historic Jefferson Railway, the only venue available to see this re-enactment. Reminiscent of the landing parties that aided the regular land forces, from both above and below the Mason-Dixon Line, it will be a unique experience. Keep your seat on the train as the battle takes place on both sides of the track and from the gunboat in the river.
Jefferson was the shipping port to the Mississippi. Events includes horse drawn artillery, large cannons, gunboat, steam train, weapons demonstrations, trades and suttlers.
Target Jefferson- A Red River Campaign Objective & Civil War Re-Enactment
Hosted by Blue Gray Alliance, Cleburne’s Division.
The Naval Battle of Port Jefferson joins the skirmish as a replica ironclad gunboat, The Virginia, fires from cannons on the banks of the Big Cypress Bayou River. This is the largest naval civil war re-enactment west of the Mississippi and will be represented by US Naval Landing Party, Western Gulf Squadron as well as a contingent of Sea Scouts from Baytown, Texas.
See a Civil War Naval Unit that shows a seldom seen side of the Civil War. Naval Forces were a pivotal part of the war. As Naval Living Historians, the Squadron shows the true side of Naval and Marine life on both sides of the war, demonstrating how they dressed, lived and fought during the war.
May 5 & 6, 2018 The Historic Jefferson Railway captures the spirit of the Civil War during Pilgrimage & Civil War Weekend in Jefferson, by recreating the battle of the Great Locomotive Chase with soldiers, sailors and Marines from the North and South. The Living History camps along the Big Cypress Bayou come alive as the cannons fire and the battle rages to gain possession of the train.
The gripping tale of The Andrews Raid is the Civil War’s most fascinating railroad story. Famous campaigns were planned and conducted for the primary purpose of capturing or destroying railroad lines of value to the enemy. On the morning of April 12, 1862, the most famous locomotive of the Civil War, the General, was hijacked by the Union Civilian Spy, James J. Andrews, and his men. After a nail-biting eight hours and 87 miles, the Southerners captured the General, James Andrews and several of his men.
The Merrimack was a Union cruiser, captured by the South in Norfolk Virginia, and renamed The Virginia. The Jefferson Battle that Never Was will feature the Virginia, fighting from the banks of the river, while the Navy landing party, Marines and soldiers fight to capture the train.
We are very please to announce that Brookshires Grocery Store is Silver Sponsor this year. Thank you very much, we have always appreciated your generous donations in the past as well. Please visit our local store when you are in town. http://www.brookshires.com
We are very please to announce that the Jefferson Railway and Wetlands Foundation is again sponsoring our Living History Day. Thank you very much, we have always appreciated your generous donations and your support in community events. Please visit their website and donate to help support their endeavors http://jeffersonrwfoundation.com
Scheduled venues during this weekend
Please visit our full Calendar of Events listing for more complete information and pricing. HERE
7:30 pm – Diamond Bessie Murder Trial at Jefferson Playhouse To order you Diamond Bessie Murder Trail tickets please call 903-665-0737
Friday Living History:
On Friday May 4, 2018, This Day of Learning for school groups, home schooled children and anyone who is interested in learning about daily life during the Civil War. Sponsored by the Marion County Chamber of Commerce, to draw attention to the history and romance of The Civil War way of life. There will be living history camps, more than 20 educational stations, cannons, gunboat, alligator viewing, crafts and games. The Living History Camps will demonstrate Camp Life and Military Activities and includes a train ride aboard The Historic Jefferson Railway as the story of The Andrews Raid unfolds alongside the Big Cypress Bayou. Visit our Facebook Page to see pictures of last year.
For a seat on the train ride, please contact Melissa at 866-398-2038 or email at email@example.com If you come and have not already registered with Melissa, register early because there may not be seating available the day of the event. Pre-Registration is crucial to having an enjoyable day.
Time: 9:00am – 2:30pm
Cost: The Living History is $3 per student; Train ride is $5 per student.
Location: Diamond Don RV Park, 1602 State Highway 49 East, Jefferson, Texas 75657
Contact: Marion County Chamber of Commerce (903) 665-2672 or 866-398-2038 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org www.JeffersonCivilWarDays.com
If your school or group is interested in participating in the Day of Learning on May 5, 2017.
Civil War Field Trip Packet;
Civil War Teacher’s Guide
9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Heirloom Plant Sale – In front of the Excelsior House Hotel
9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Pilgrimage Craft Fair & Sale at William Perry Park – next to Excelsior Hotel
9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Heritage Quilt Exhibit and Demonstrations at Jeffersonian Institute, 120 E. Austin
11:00 am – 3:00 pm – Tour the “Atalanta”, Jay Gould’s Private Rail Car, inquire at the Excelsior Hotel
11:00 am – 5:00 pm – Tour Four Historic Homes & Tour Four Featured Gardens
7:30 pm – Diamond Bessie Murder Trial at Jefferson Playhouse corner of Market St. & Henderson St.
7:30pm – Illumination at Historic Oakwood Cemetery
8:00pm – Austin Street dance in front of the Excelsior House Hotel, featuring Civil War period music and dances
All day – Sutler’s at the Train Depot and the Diamond Don RV Park
All day – Downtown Sutlers at the Catholic Church Lot (Vale and Henderson)
9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Heirloom Plant Sale – in front of Excelsior House Hotel
9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Pilgrimage Craft Fair & Sale at William Perry Park – next to Excelsior House Hotel
9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Heritage Quilt Exhibit and Demonstrations at Jeffersonian Institute, 120 E Austin St.
10:00 am – Pilgrimage Parade – downtown Jefferson – Grand Marshall, Jay Gould’s great-great Grandson, Tony Gould
11:30 am, 2:00 pm, 3:30 pm, 5:00 pm – Train Rides, Scouting Probes and Skirmishes at Historic Jefferson Railway, 400 E Austin St.
11:00 am – 5:00 pm – Tour Four Historic Homes and Tour Four Featured Gardens
11:00am – 3:00 pm – Tour the “Atalanta”, Jay Gould’s Private Rail Car – inquire at the Excelsior Hotel
11:30 am – 1:00 pm – Excelsior House Grand Ballroom/Courtyard Luncheon Buffet
1:00 pm – Secret Codes of the Underground Railroad presented by the Pleasant Hill Quilters at The Jeffersonian Institute
2:00 pm – Ladies’ Tea at the Jeffersonian Institute Courtyard, 120 E Austin St
2:20 pm – Target Jefferson Texas Battle Re-enactment – Spectators access the battle from the Historic Jefferson Railway property, 400 E. Austin St.
4:00 pm – Battle for Jefferson Civil War Re-enactment at Cypress River Ranch (1552 FM 2208)
5:30 pm and 8:30 pm – Diamond Bessie Murder Trial at Jefferson Playhouse corner of Market & Henderson St.
7:00 pm -10:00 pm – Target Jefferson Saturday Evening Ball (featuring the 52nd Tennessee String Band) Cannon Firing and Fireworks. Open to the Public & Re-enactors. Registered Re-enactors free. Dress Code – come as you are-casual or Period Dress Ball Attire at Diamond Don RV Park-1602 State Hwy 49 East
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm – Muskets & Magnolias Grand Ball at the Jeffersonian Institute (featuring the 12th Louisiana String Band)
All day – Sutler’s at the Train Depot and the Diamond Don RV Park
All day – Downtown Sutlers at the Catholic Church Lot (Vale & Henderson)
9:00 am – 3:00 pm – Heirloom Plant Sale – in front of Excelsior House Hotel
9:00 am – 3:00 pm – Pilgrimage Craft Fair & Sale at William Perry Park – next to Excelsior House
10:00 am – Presentation of Colors Re-enactment – Christ Episcopal Church, 703 S Main St.
11:30 am and 1:00 pm – Train Rides, Scouting Probes and Skirmishes – at Train Depot, Historic Jefferson Railway, 400 E Austin St.
1:20 pm – Target Jefferson Texas Battle Re-enactment – Spectators access the battle from the Historic Jefferson Railway property, 400 E Austin St.
1:30 pm – Battle for Jefferson Civil War Re-enactment at Cypress River Ranch (1552 FM 2208)
2:00 pm – Diamond Bessie Murder Trial at Jefferson Playhouse corner of Market & Henderson St.
When coming to Jefferson Texas; be sure to book your lodging early, rooms become scarce. Visit our lodging members here. Bring your lawn chairs, umbrellas, picnic blanket, sunscreen and maybe even a hat to shade your face. Oh, and don’t forget your camera.
Be sure to visit our Calendar of Events for detailed information and pricing for each of the events LOOK HERE
The Civil-War Living History event is hosted by the Marion County Chamber of Commerce, the Great Locomotive Chase and Naval Battle of Port Jefferson is in co-operation with the Jefferson Railway and Wetlands Foundation.
Contact: (903) 665-6400 or (866) 398-2038
Battle re-enactors can camp in the period section of the Diamond Don RV Park with lots of space, trees and plenty of amenities for re-enactors, including water, hay, split wood, restrooms and showers. Lunch on Saturday and Sunday will also be provided to the re-enactors. Registration for re-enactors is $8. Transportation will be available from the RV Park to other events in town. www.JeffersonCivilWarDays.com
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