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Holding the Rapidan

Join us on October 1st and 2nd at Barrett Hill Farm in Mason, New Hampshire, for the last reenactment of 2022 in New England. 

Holding the Rapidan Civil War Reenactment Weekend is hosted by the Barrett Hill Farm with support from the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, the Liberty Greys, and the New England Brigade,

A School Day Program for Elementry, Middle, and High School Students is being offered Friday, Sept 30th. Click below for more information.

Join us October 1-2, 2022 at Barrett Hill Farm in
Mason, New Hampshire,
for
"Holding the Rapidan"
a Civil War Living History and Reenactment

Admission is $12.00 for adults, $8.00 for children under 12. 

Discounted pricing for family groups is available

Over 10,500 military engagements occurred during the Civil War. They weren’t all on the scale of Gettysburg or Antietam. Skirmishes were fought by units as small as a portion of a company and as large as brigades and divisions.

Join us on October 1st and 2nd at Barrett Hill farm in Mason, New Hampshire, for a taste of those small company actions that occurred up and down the lines formed by Union and Confederate Corps picketing and defending the Rapidan River during the second half of September 1863.

You will have the opportunity to explore Union and Confederate Infantry, Artillery, Cavalry, and Civilian camps.  Interact with military and civilian living historians, see demonstrations, visit sutlers craftsmen, all in a beautiful New England Fall setting.  See a battle Saturday and Sunday afternoon.  Come back Saturday Evening to watch a nighttime artillery demonstration as Union and confederate artillery fire from opposing ridges. 

 

Join us Sunday Morning for an outdoor period church service. This is a wonderful family activity hosted by Barrett Hill Farm, a multigenerational working farm in Mason, New Hampshire, on Route 31 abutting the NH/MA state line. 

 

A special educational program is being offered on Friday September 30th for elementary, middle and high school students.  For more information on “School Day,” click here.

 

The Camp Life Schedule lets spectators and reenactors know what is happening in the camps, openings, closings, the meaning of bugle calls, and activities outside military orders of the day.  This schedule works in coordination with both the military and civilian schedules.   When at all possible, Bugle or Drum Calls will be used to signal major movements.

Check back regularly for updates and additions to the program.

Saturday 1, October

06:00 am       Reveille (Bugle)

07:15 am        Breakfast Call (Bugle) Suggested Breakfast Hour         

08:00 am      Officers Call (Bugle)

08:20 am       Assembly (Bugle), In Company Streets

08:25 am       To the Color (Bugle), Company Movement to Morning Parade

09:00 am       Camps open to Public

09:30 am       Special Demonstration 1 TBA

11:00 am       Special Demonstration 2 TBA

11:45 am        Suggested Lunch Hour

12:45 pm        Assembly - Long roll (Drum), in Company Streets

12:55 pm        To the Color (Bugle), Company Movement to Battalion Formation for Battle

1:00 pm          Military Units on the march to the battlefield

1:00 pm          Artillery Camps Closed to Spectators

1:15 pm           Artillery Fire Commences

1:30 pm          Battle

2:30 am          Special Demonstration 3 TBA

4:15 pm          Assembly (Bugle), In Company Streets

4:25 am          To the Color (Bugle), Company Movement to Evening Parade

4:30 pm         Evening Parade

5:00 pm         Camps closed to the public

6:00                Dinner Call (Bugle) Suggested Dinner Hour

6:00 pm         Spectator Viewing Area for Night Fire Opens

6:30 pm         Sunset                      6:56 pm       Twilight ends

7:00 pm         Artillery Night Fire

8:00 pm         Tattoo (Bugle) All Reenactment areas are closed to the public

8:30 pm         Music and Cider for Reenactors:  Hosted by the 15th Massachusetts

11:00 pm        Taps

 

Sunday 2, October

07:00 am       Reveille

08:15 am       Breakfast Call

08:30 am       Officers Call

09:00 am       Camps open to the public

09:20 am       Church Call

10:15 am        Assembly (Bugle), In Company Streets

10:25  am      To the Color (Bugle), Company Movement to Morning Parade

10:30  am      Morning Parade

10:30 am       Special Demonstration 4 TBA

11:15 am         Suggested Lunch Hour

12:15 pm        Assembly - Long roll (Drum), in Company Streets

12:15 pm        Artillery Camps Closed to the Public – All Fields North of Union Artillery Closed

12:25 pm        To the Color (Bugle), Company Movement to Battalion Formation for Battle

12:30 pm        Military Units on the March to Battlefield

12:45 pm        Artillery Fire Commences

1:00 pm          Battle

2:00 pm         Unified Formation

2:15 pm          Reenactors Hall of Fame Presentations

3:30 pm         Camps Close to the Public

The fun reading

The historical inspiration for the Barrett Hill Farm reenactment.

Over 10,500 military engagements occurred during the Civil War. They weren’t all on the scale of Gettysburg or Antietam. Skirmishes were fought by units as small as a portion of a company, and as large as brigades and divisions… READ MORE

A Letter from the event coordinator

Coordinating a reenactment is an emotional rollercoaster. I am on that heart-pounding ride up the hill, full of excitement at the prospect of a great event. But, at some point, I'm going to crest that hill wondering why the heck I got on this stupid ride in the first place. I'm too old for this &$#@, and I'm going to hurt like heck when this coaster is done throwing me around. Then the event kicks off, and it's like the ride itself when I will be silently chanting, please don't go off the tracks, please don't go off the tracks for several days. After the event, I'll be coasting back into the station. I'll only remember the good parts and wonder when I can get on this ride again… READ MORE