Civil War Reenactment


Munfordville Stories, Tradition and Civil War Reenactment LogoThe 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 Encampment
Told by Carolyn Short

Carolyn Short

Carolyn Short

      2. Family Stories of the Civil War
Told by Charlie Williams
      3. Changing Sentiments
Told by Charlie Williams
      4. Battles Troop Movements and Surrenders
Told by Charlie Williams

Charlie Williams

Charlie Williams

      5. Union Uniforms
Told by Connie Martin
      6. Vivandieres Provide Nursing Care on Battlefield
Told by Connie Martin
      7. Spirit Kegs
Told by Connie Martin
      8. Role of Women as Vivandieres
Told by Connie Martin

Connie Martin

Connie Martin

      9. Union Surrender and System of Parole
Told by Mike Beck
      10. Visitors Welcome to Reenactment Camp
Told by Mike Beck

      11. 12th United States Colored Heavy Artillery
Told by Mike Jones

Mike Jones

Mike Jones

      12. Burning the Fences
Told by Paul Withington
      13. Germs and Maggots in Medical Treatments
Told by Paul Withington

Paul Withington

Paul Withington

      14. Lore of the Civil War
Told by Randy Seymour

Randy Seymour

Randy Seymour

      15. Kentucky African Americans in the Civil War
Told by Robert Bell

Robert Bell

Robert Bell