Billie Creek Village will host one of Indiana’s largest Civil War reenactments with hundreds of reenactors participating on June 14 & 15 with events continually running throughout each day starting at 9:00 a.m. through battle time.
Billie Creek Village welcomes Civil War Re-Enactors from all over the United States to participate in the 2008 Civil War Days. This year the Battle Of Chancellorsville will be fought throughout the village and farmlands over the two-day event. The public is invited as well to witness the action from specially constructed vantage points. One may also visit the Billie Creek crafters and special Civil War vendors in the village itself.
The battlefield is located near the Village Farmhouse and reenactments will take place at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday EDT. Seating area for blankets and lawn chairs will be reserved. The beautiful Civil War Ball, starts at 8:00 p.m. Saturday evening and concludes at 10:00 p.m.
General Admission is $7 per person 11 & older, 6-10 years $5 and under 5 is free for each day. Visitors are encouraged to come as early as possible to enjoy the day and the many events.
Civil War reenactments are great assets to the community. They provide entertainment and educate young and old about the history of this nation.
Billie Creek Village is located 1 ¼ miles east of the Rockville Town Square on US 36 and 52 miles west of Indianapolis.
For more information about Civil War Days call (765) 569-0252 or visit www.billiecreek.org. For lodging and camping information contact Parke County Incorporated at 765-569-5226 or visit www.coveredbridges.com .
About the Battle of Chancellorsville
The Battle of Chancellorsville was a major battle of the American Civil War, fought near the village of Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia, from April 30 to May 6, 1863. Called Gen. Robert E. Lee’s “perfect battle” because of his risky but successful division of his army in the presence of a much larger enemy force, the battle pitted Union Army Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker’s Army of the Potomac against an army half its size, Lee’s Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. Lee’s audacity and Hooker’s timid performance in combat combined to result in a significant Union defeat. The Confederate victory was tempered by the mortal wounding of Lt. Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson to friendly fire, a loss that Lee likened to “losing my right arm.”
The Chancellorsville campaign began with the crossing of the Rappahannock River by the Union army on the morning of April 27, 1863. Crossing the Rapidan River via Germanna and Ely’s Fords, the Federals concentrated near Chancellorsville on April 30 and May 1. Heavy fighting began on May 1 and did not end until the Union forces retreated across the river on the night of May 5 to May 6.