Yankees battle the Rebels in the park

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CUSWORTH Hall will hark back to the days of Tara in Gone With The Wind when American Civil War soldiers lay siege next month.

The museum and park will be hosting an American Civil War Society Re-enactment Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, July 2 and 3.

From 11am-5pm on both days visitors can explore three tented camps of Union and Confederate troops as well as civilians, with each camp reflecting daily life for soldiers and their families during the 1860s conflict.

The highlight of each day will be a skirmish between the two sides at 2.30pm, using authentic black powder muskets and cannons.

Coun Cynthia Ransome, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to witness an energetic historical re-enactment within the stunning grounds of Cusworth Hall. I hope many people will attend.”

Parking is £5 for all day and the hall, tea room and parts of the park not used for the battles will be open as normal.