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    I've contacted the organizer about whether they will be using the same ground for this event as was used for Chancellorsville. Their initial response was that it will be basically the same area. I followed up with a specific question about trees being part of the Wilderness. I'll let you know what I hear back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmescher View Post
    I've contacted the organizer about whether they will be using the same ground for this event as was used for Chancellorsville. Their initial response was that it will be basically the same area. I followed up with a specific question about trees being part of the Wilderness. I'll let you know what I hear back.
    The Wilderness Battle will be across the street in the woods and it also has a clearing. This is on the Spotsy Battlefield but off the NPS property. Great site plenty of room. The Spotsylvania battle will probably be at the location of the Chancellorsville battle of last May. But this is subject to change


    Rex Hovey
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    150th Chickamauga Sept 20,21,22
    Walker County Georgia

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    To the best of my knowledge there hasn't been all Zouave Battalion since the 130th Wilderness. For those units interested in forming such a battalion for the 150th Overland, please visit our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/ZouavesWilderness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doc13thnc View Post
    The Wilderness Battle will be across the street in the woods and it also has a clearing. This is on the Spotsy Battlefield but off the NPS property. Great site plenty of room. The Spotsylvania battle will probably be at the location of the Chancellorsville battle of last May. But this is subject to change


    Rex Hovey
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    150th Chickamauga Sept 20,21,22
    Walker County Georgia
    Just wondering for clarity, do you mean we will be reenacting on the original battlefield but it's not owned by the NPS?

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    All,


    The following has been distributed to most CSA and USA Commanders, so Please forward as appropriate.

    On the morning of May 5, 1864, Maj. Gen. Gouverneur K. Warren’s V Corps led the Federal attack on Lt. Gen. Richard S. Ewell’s Confederate Second Corps along Orange Turnpike. That afternoon Confederate troops, commanded by Lt. Gen. A.P. Hill were also engaged along with Federal troops commanded by Brig. Gen. George W. Getty's division (VI Corps) and Maj. Gen. Winfield S. Hancock's II Corps – also along on the Orange Plank Road. Fighting until dark, both sides attempted to maneuver in and around the Wilderness but disengaged in the dense woods.

    At dawn the next day, Federal Gen. Hancock’s Second Corps attacked along the Plank Road, driving A.P. Hill's Corps back. Confederate Lt. Gen. James Longstreet first Corps arrived just in in time to prevent the collapse of the Confederate right flank. Longstreet then initiated a flank attack that drove Hancock's men back to the Brock Road (Rt 2. On May 7, Grant disengaged and moved to the southeast, to leave the Wilderness but also flank himself around Lee’s army and get between Lee and Richmond at a place known as Spotsylvania Court House.

    Building on the success of the 2011 150th anniversary reenactment of First Manassas/Bull Run, the 2012 reenactment of 2nd Manassas/Bull Run and the successful 2013 150th anniversary of the Battle of Chancellorsville, the Mason-Dixon Alliance's event management team is once again proud to coordinate another in a continuing series of 150th anniversary commemorative events. Working in cooperation with the County Board of Supervisors, the Spotsylvania County Museum, County Office of Tourism, the Vakos Corporation, and a number of offices with in the County, we invite the reenacting community and the public at large to join us on May 2-4, 2014, for what we think will be a special 150th commemorative reenactment.

    For reenactors, we offer the opportunity to engage in one of the largest, non-public, scripted reenactments ever to be held. The Battle of the Wilderness and the Battle at Aldrich Farm will be held on pristine, authentic and privately owned battlefield property. A large and mature wooded tract has been made available to us that borders the NPS property line less than a half a mile from the actual Mule Shoe. The Aldrich Farm scenario represents one of the largest Cavalry engagements in Virginia and was the first time that multiple infantry regiments of USCTs directly engaged Confederate troops. As a reenactor, you will leave camp before dawn to engage in the Battle of the Wilderness. The fight will continue, with the authentic movement of troops into and out of the fight and then directly into the Aldrich Farm scenario late that morning. Simultaneously, troops will also be invited to take up positions in the trenches on the actual main Spotsylvania Courthouse Battlefield, to include the setting up of dog tents and shebangs, cooking coffee and engage in trench warfare. Later that day both armies will march to the trenches to engage in the public reenactment of the Battle of Saunders Field. Troops will be allowed to remain in the trenches Friday and Saturday night - and remain there through the battle of the Mule Shoe early Sunday afternoon. Extensive research has been conducted to ensure that the ground and earth works are as authentic and we can make given the limitations presented. We have also put in a great deal of time making sure to identify the units and commanders present; to understand how the topography played a role in the movement and success of certain troop movements; to understand the community, and to understand why they came here and what they did here and then, to the best of our combined abilities, to set out events, living history exhibits and military scenarios to see it, as best we can, through their eyes.

    For spectators and for our civilian reenactors, we offer the opportunity to walk directly into history. The trenches will be active continuously from Friday morning through Sunday. In exactly the same way as any citizen of Spotsylvania Courthouse would have in 1864, you will hear the thunder of the guns and the rattle of distant musketry. You will be invited to listen to the lectures and living historians and you will be invited to experience the close-in sights, smells and sounds of the cannon and continuous musketry of ongoing trench warfare. This will not be like other reenactments. Troops and companies of troops will be moving into and out of their camps to and from both theaters of operations. This event is not being planned as a static curtain up event, but rather a continuum of activity for a more complete and authentic sense of soldier life and battle. Federal cannon will be firing, in part, from within 50 ft of their actual placement during the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse. Walk the public access areas of the reenactment site, but also walk or take the trolley along old Rt 208 to the Old Courthouse and Jail and view the actual spot where General Lee camped and were General Lee last spoke to Confederate Cavalry Commander Gen. Jeb Stuart and then take the time to talk to them at those sites.

    After days of fighting, General Grant had decided that the two armies had effectively fought to a draw in the Wilderness and disengaged. However, rather than move back over the river to the north as Lee expected, he moved south toward Spotsylvania Courthouse – and, if successful, between Lee and Richmond. Here the Confederate line would become known as The Mule Shoe: a U-shaped system of trench lines that, at least in part, protruded from the rest of the Confederate line along the topography in the shape of a giant horse shoe or mule shoe. It posed special problems for Lee because it made him susceptible to enfilading fire from two directions. One Confederate is said to have noted that it was “a bad piece of engineering and certain to invite attack as soon as the enemy understood it. They did.

    As with any large-scale event, we have brought together a range of coordinated logistics, safety, fire/rescue, health, and even equestrian interests to make sure that this event meets the goals of the local and reenactment community. Given the size, scope and complexity of this effort, we are pleased that ANV Commander General, Jake Jennette and USV Commander, General Darrell Markijohn have agreed to take command of this event. Their experience and the experience of the respective HQ staffs make this effort possible. Yes, there is a cap given the limits of the location, so we advise early registrations, but we do not expect that to be a problem. A meeting of Military commanders to review the site has been established for October 17th at 10am.
    So join us, as the men of “63” did, returning to the fields and woodlands of Spotsylvania County. Additional information and registration/waiver forms can be accessed at; http://150spotsylvania.com/ or searching "Wilderness reenactment."

    We look forward to seeing you.


    For the Mason Dixon-Alliance;

    Col. David Childs, 1st USV

    federalmanassas@comcast.net

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