Confederate Memorial Park to Host Living History and Civil War Skirmish

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Photo by the Alabama Historical Commission

Marbury, Alabama- Confederate Memorial Park, a historic property of the Alabama Historical Commission, will host a special living history event on Saturday, April 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Using authentically reconstructed Civil War barracks, living historians will present outdoor demonstrations on a variety of topics, including weapons, flags, civilian life, cooking, and veteran life at the Soldiers’ Home Alabama Confederates.

A ceremony at the cemetery and an afternoon skirmish between Union and Confederate re-enactors are also planned.

Spread across 102 acres of rolling forested countryside near the center of the state, Confederate Memorial Park includes the site of Alabama’s only Confederate veterans‘ home. Life for the ex-soldiers, called “inmates” at home, was better than most had known before their admission.

The house provided housing, meals, clothing, allowances, medical care and, for many, a place to die and be buried with dignity. The museum features exhibits on the life of an Alabama Confederate veteran, from recruitment to old age, including hundreds of Civil War and Soldiers’ Home artifacts.

Admission during Living History Day is $2 per person and museum admission is an additional $2. For more information, call the museum at 205-755-1990. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic.

Confederate Memorial Park is located at 437 County Road 63, Marbury, AL 36051. Participants must enter through the south gate located closest to Highway 143.

To learn more about Confederate Memorial Park or the Alabama Historical Commission, please visit https://ahc.alabama.gov/.

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