History comes to life at Napoleon
Cindy DiFazio- Staff Writer
On the weekend of May 12-13 the Historic Town of Napoleon will
host the First Annual Napoleon Living History and Civil War Encampment
Weekend. The public is invited to experience a living history
weekend at the historic crossroads town of Napoleon. Two days
of authentic Civil War reenactments and historic period activities
will be presented.
On Saturday, May 12, the activities begin at 10:00 a.m. Tickets
may be purchased at the Historic Central House which will be the
site of the Union Army headquarters and the Children and the Civil
War exhibit. Visitors can also tour the encampment site on the
Public Green and visit the Confederate Army headquarters at the
historic Elias Conwell House. Other events throughout the day
include a Historic Ladies Fashion Show, a Ladies Tea with refreshments
and period music, and a performance-lecture about the Underground
The lecture Life of the Common Soldier will precede
the Battle Between the Armies at 3:00 p.m. Cannon will be fired
on the hour throughout the day. The evening ends with a Fancy
Dress Ball at 8:00 p.m. for the extra ticket price of $3. The
ball includes period music and a demonstration by the Cincinnati
Historic Dancers. An instruction session begins at 7:00 p.m.
On Sunday, May 13, the day begins with church services at St.
Johns Lutheran Church at 10:00 a.m. All sites will open
at 11:00 a.m. An exhibition of Morning Drill will start at 11:00
a.m. with the Battle Between the Armies commencing at 1:30 p.m.
Daily admission is $5 with children under 12 (accompanied by an
adult) getting in free. A weekend pass to all events is $10. For
more information call 812-852-1780 or visit the Ripley County
Tourism website at www.ripleycountytourism. com. This event is
made possible by a grant from the Rising Sun Regional Foundation.