Experience Civil War Army life during the Battery D Civil War Encampment at Fort Wilkins Historic State Park! Re-creating the volunteer artillery unit organized at White Pigeon, Michigan, in 1861, the group will interpret army life of the period, demonstrating artillery drills, period cooking and soldiers' pastimes. Their encampment will feature more than 25 costumed interpreters, tents, a depiction of army barracks life, and full-scale artillery pieces, as well as authentically reproduced mess gear, small arms and other period artifacts. Demonstrations, including Civil War medical and undertaking procedures, drills, and skits, all drawn from army life of the period, will be featured throughout the weekend. The encampment will be inside Fort Wilkins and can be visited from 8 am - 8 pm Friday and Saturday, and from 8 am to 4 pm on Sunday. This event is free with your Michigan State Parks Recreation Passport and the public is welcome. A Michigan State Parks Recreation Passport is required for entry into Fort Wilkins Historic State Park. If you do not have a Recreation Passport, one can be purchased at the park. For more information about the park or the event, call (906) 289-4215 or visit www.michigan.gov/historicfortwilkins
Please Note: The Michigan Department of Natural Resources makes every effort to provide the most up-to-date and accurate information on the web calendar. However, dates occasionally change and events may be canceled for any reason. Please call the unit hosting the event to confirm dates and times prior to your arrival.
A Recreation Passport is required for entry into all Michigan state parks and recreation areas. Check "YES" when you renew your license plate. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport.
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