On Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m., the Civil War camp featuring displays of authentic equipment, dress, and drills is open to the public with maneuvers and battles taking place at 2 p.m. The Union troops will win the day during one battle reenactment while the Confederates will capture the contested ground during the next day’s skirmish.
Other activities include a living history of daily camp life where spectators are encouraged to visit with soldiers, Civil War relic displays, drill and firing of mid-19th century muskets mounted cavalry patrols and Civil War related items for sale by sutlers. Everyone is invited to a ladies’ tea at 9:30 a.m. and to the Military Ball at 7 p.m. Both events are held on Saturday at The Chapel in Point Mallard Park.
The historical reenactment is held in honor of General Joe Wheeler and Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan, who both resided in
North Alabama at some point
during their military careers. The City of Decatur was an important
transportation site for the Confederate States of America during the Civil War
due to the Memphis and Charleston’s railroad bridge crossing the Tennessee
River. During the 1864 battle at Decatur, Confederate General Hood attempted to
break Union supply lines at the crucial railroad crossing at Decatur. He was
not successful and had to cross the river at Florence. Decatur’s involvement in
this campaign and the fierce four day battle caused General Hood to refer to
the city as “a hard nut to crack.”
The two-day event is held at Point Mallard Park and admission is free. For more information on the Battle for Decatur reenactment, call the Decatur-Morgan County CVB at 800.524.6181 or 256.350.2028.