Civil War reenactment camp and exhibit in Mansfield

The Mansfield Historical Society will host Civil War reenactors and open an exhibit on Mansfield in the Civil War. When the museum opens for the season on Sunday, June 5, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Civil War reenactors from Company D of the 21st Regiment C.V. Infantry, in which more than 40 men from Mansfield served, will set up camp on the museum grounds.  The reenactors will drill in the parking lot behind the museum at regular intervals. At 2:30 p.m., historian and musician Rick Spencer will also discuss and perform a variety of popular songs from the Civil War era.

The Mansfield Historical Society’s Civil War exhibit explores the service and sacrifice of Mansfield’s citizens both on the battlefield and on the homefront. More than 170 Mansfield men served during the war. Part of the exhibit focuses on these soldiers and their war time experience as revealed through letters, journals, service records, and artifacts.

The second part of the Civil War exhibit focuses on the social and economic impact of the war at home. It explores how families were affected by the absence of their enlisted men and how the town supported the war effort.

In the adjacent Old Town Hall building, there are also two new displays on the villages of Mansfield Depot and Merrow. These exhibits explore the history of these communities, including their people, businesses and train depots.

Some of the industries featured are the Mansfield Organ Pipe Works in Mansfield Depot and the gunpowder factory and stockinet mill in Merrow. The centerpiece is a large model of the center of Mansfield Depot complete with buildings and an operating train.

Admission is free to members and children; $2 for non-members. Due to the encampment activities, the museum parking lot will be closed. Parking is available across the street at the First Baptist Church. There are a limited number of handicapped parking spaces in front of the museum. After the June 5 opening, the museum will be open on Saturdays and Sundays, 1:30-4:30 p.m., through the end of September.

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