Civil War Reenactment
The Tradition of Reenactment
Like many Kentucky communities, Munfordville hosts an annual Civil War Days event, during which local people join with re-enactors who come in for the weekend to reenact a battle. But in Munfordville, the reenactment – and the memories – are of more than a battle.
Munfordville was occupied throughout the war by one side or the other, which meant that officers and their wives lived in the town. The social life of the period is commemorated by dances to period music and Civil War fashion shows.
There was a large encampment, including troops from the 12th Heavy Artillery US Colored Troops, so camp life is part of the reenactment. The role of women in providing first aid and comfort to the dying on the battlefield is represented by reenactments of Vivandieres, sisters and wives who chose to follow their men and serve as unofficial nurses, as well as to assist in cooking and tending to the camp.
Munfordville also had a hospital and nurses’ station, so medicine of the era plays a role in the reenactment activities.
Oral Histories about Civil War Enactment
1. Hand Drawn Map Showing EncampmentTold by Carolyn Short
2. Family Stories of the Civil WarTold by Charlie Williams
3. Changing SentimentsTold by Charlie Williams
4. Battles Troop Movements and SurrendersTold by Charlie Williams
5. Union UniformsTold by Connie Martin
6. Vivandieres Provide Nursing Care on BattlefieldTold by Connie Martin
7. Spirit KegsTold by Connie Martin
8. Role of Women as VivandieresTold by Connie Martin
9. Union Surrender and System of ParoleTold by Mike Beck
10. Visitors Welcome to Reenactment CampTold by Mike Beck
11. 12th United States Colored Heavy ArtilleryTold by Mike Jones
12. Burning the FencesTold by Paul Withington
13. Germs and Maggots in Medical TreatmentsTold by Paul Withington
14. Lore of the Civil WarTold by Randy Seymour
15. Kentucky African Americans in the Civil WarTold by Robert Bell