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Candlelight Tour at Hearthside, Scavenger Hunt for Kids, Period Music Throughout Weekend, Model Train and Civil War Artifacts at Hearthside, Book Sales and Signings on "Rhode Island in the Civil War" and "Civil War Quilts."

Friday Hours: Candlelight Tour of Hearthside 6:30 or 7:30 pm - Call to Reserve Saturday Hours: 9:00-4:30 pm, with extended hours till 5:00 for Hearthside and Moffett Mill; 7:30 Civil War Ball and Night Firing Sunday Hours: 8:30-3:00 p.m. with extended hours till 5:00 for Hearthside and Moffett Mill

The clash of sabers, musket fire, cannon blasts, and the call of officers --"ready, aim, fire!"--will resound through the town of Lincoln when several hundred Civil War re-enactors, and thousands of spectators, gather once again at Chase Farm Park for "The Road to Richmond," a Civil War battle and camp reenactment. The Civil War Reenactment is held every two years.

From September 13-15, "The Road to Richmond" commemorates the Civil War's sesquicentennial by staging the Battle of Mine Run, which took place in Virginia in November 1863, following the Gettysburg Campaign. The 2011 reenactment at Chase Farm Park launched the 150th anniversary commemoration by recreating battles from 1861, the first year of the conflict.

Hearthside will kick off the weekend with a Candlelight Tour on Friday evening, September 13th with two groups at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. An exhibit of an extraordinary collection of rare uniforms, military equipment, and other accoutrements from the period, focusing on the ordinary soldier of the Civil War will be featured. Another room will display examples of model trains from the period in order to bring attention to the wartime contribution of railroads, a relatively new technology of which Abraham Lincoln was an avid proponent. The train collection belongs to Hearthside's curator, David Olstein, who has spent over 1,500 hours building the model to show the trains, which were used to transport soldiers, remove the wounded, and were sometimes used tactically.

Hearthside will be dressed as though it were a southern mansion commandeered by the Union army for use as a command post and residence for officers. The bedrooms will look as if soldiers were using them, the dining room will be set up for poker, soldiers' long johns will hang in the kitchen as if just laundered, and a table will be set with food soldiers ate, such as fatback and hardtack, a biscuit often infested with weevils (we actually use live mealworms) but eaten anyway for the extra protein.

In addition to a full-scale reenactment of the Battle of Mine Run on Saturday and Sunday, visitors will be able to tour Confederate and Union encampments to get a sense of what a soldier's life was like between battles. They will see tents authentically appointed for officers, common soldiers, military surgeons and nurses, and clergy.

Other living history activities during the weekend include a Civil War ball with callers to lead dances, period music by the 2nd South Carolina String Band, a spectacular night firing of a Civil War cannon, displays by mounted cavalry, a show of 1860s fashions, and talks on Civil War quilts, a day in the life of a soldier, and the role of women during the war. A small civilian village will be set up for camp followers, such as the sutlers, or vendors, who traveled along with the troops and sold their wares to soldiers.

Frank J. Williams, a former Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court and a renowned Abraham Lincoln and Civil War scholar and author, will be presenting a talk on Gettysburg and on Rhode Island's contributions to the Civil War, the topic of his soon-to-be-published book. Williams will be signing copies of the book, which should be hot off the press by mid-September. Williams is founder and chairman of The Lincoln Forum, a national group of scholars who meet to discuss Lincoln's legacy. He is also Chairman of the Rhode Island Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration Commission.

The reenactment also includes an opportunity to visit the nearby historic Moffett Mill, an 1812 machine shop usually closed to the public, where shoelaces for soldiers were made during the Civil War. Also open throughout the weekend will be the Hannaway Blacksmith Shop (1880), which offers hand-forging demonstrations and provides necessary onsite repairs for the reenactment. A Scavenger Hunt, which includes items in the camps and at the historic sites, will be an activity to keep kids actively interested throughout the day.

The encampment will be open 9:00 a.m.-4:30 on Saturday, and Sunday 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The battle on Saturday takes place at 2:00 p.m. but at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. The battle on Saturday takes place at 2:00 p.m. but at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday because of the early closing time. Extended hours till 5:00 p.m. allow visitors to see Hearthside, Hannaway Shop and Moffett Mill each day. Food vendors are on site throughout the weekend so all-day attendance is encouraged for families. Admission is $10/adults; $8/seniors and ages 10-17; $5 ages 10 and under; free for under age 5. A weekend pass is available for $15.

Reservations for the Candlelight Tour must be made in advance by calling Hearthside at 726-0597. Cost is $8 per person. The Civil War Ball on Saturday evening takes place from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25 each or $40 per couple and includes the spectacular night firing. Tickets may be purchased in advance also by calling Hearthside. A detailed Schedule of Events is below.

The Road to Richmond" is jointly sponsored by the Town of Lincoln, the Friends of Hearthside, and the re-enactor groups New England Brigade, the Liberty Greys, and 12th Georgia. The event has been endorsed by the Rhode Island Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration Commission. Proceeds will benefit Friends of Hearthside to support our efforts to steward Hearthside and to preserve and pass on the rich history of the area to the next generation.

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Friday, Sept. 13
6:30 or 7:30 p.m. Candlelight Tour of Hearthside/Civil War Museum Hearthside House
Saturday, Sept. 14
9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Camps Open to the Public Chase Farm Park
9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Blacksmith Shop Open for Demonstrations Chase Farm Park
9:00 a.m.-12 noon Civil War Museum & Historic House Tour Hearthside House
10:00 a.m.-12 noon Moffett Mill Viewing Moffett Mill
10:00 a.m. Civil War Quilts”-Presentation/Book Signing by Pam Weeks Main Tent
10:00 a.m. Confederate Battalion Drills Confederate Camp
10:30 a.m. Review of Troops by Commanding Officers Union & Confederate Camps
10:45 a.m. Union Battalion Drills Union Camp
11:00 a.m. "Gettysburg" Presentation by Former Chief Justice/Lincoln Scholar Frank J. Williams/Book Signing of "Rhode Island in the Civil War" Main Tent
12 noon Lunch Break
12:30 p.m. Civil War Museum/Hearthside Tours Close Hearthside House
1:00 p.m. "Fashions of the 1860s" Main Tent
2:00 p.m. Battle Scenario: Battle of Mine Run Battleground
3:00-5:00 p.m. Civil War Museum & Historic House Tours Resume Hearthside House
3:00-5:00 p.m. Moffett Mill Re-opens for Viewing Moffett Mill
4:00 p.m. Retreat Parade Union Camp
4:30 p.m. Camps Close to the Public
7:30-9:30 p.m. Civil War Ball* with 2nd South Carolina Band and Dance Callers & Night Artillery Salute

*separate ticket required
Main Tent
Sunday, Sept. 15
8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Camps Open to the Public Hannaway Blacksmith Shop Open for Demonstrations Chase Farm Park
9:00 a.m. Church Service Town of Unity - Civilian Camp
9:00 a.m.-12 noon Moffett Mill Viewing Moffett Mill
9:00 a.m.-12 noon Civil War Museum & Historic House Tour Hearthside House
10:30 a.m. Confederate & Union Battalion Drills Confederate & Union Camps
10:30 a.m. "The Role of Women During the Civil War" presented by civilians from the Town of Unity Main Tent
11:00 a.m. Artillery Demonstrations Confederate & Union Camps
11:30 a.m. Lunch Break
12 noon "A Day in the Life of a Soldier" – Frank Daly Main Tent
1:30 p.m. *Battle Scenario: Battle of Mine Run Battleground
2:30 p.m. Closing Ceremonies Battleground
3:00 p.m. Camps and Grounds closed to public Chase Farm Park
3:00-5:00 p.m. Civil War Museum & Historic House Tours Hearthside House
3:00-5:00 p.m. Moffett Mill Viewing Moffett Mill

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