American Civil War display goes with a bang

Cusworth Hall, Museum and Park hosted an American Civil War Society re-enactment weekend on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 July. Between 11am - 5pm residents were able to explore three tented camps (Union, Confederate and Civilian) with each camp reflecting daily life for soldiers and their families during the 1860s. Our picture shows a canon being prepared for action.
Cusworth Hall, Museum and Park hosted an American Civil War Society re-enactment weekend on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 July. Between 11am - 5pm residents were able to explore three tented camps (Union, Confederate and Civilian) with each camp reflecting daily life for soldiers and their families during the 1860s. Our picture shows a canon being prepared for action.
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THERE was no mistaking the arrival of the American Civil War Society in Doncaster.

Those who were not there at Cusworth Hall to see them recreate the battles of the 19th century struggle between the Union and Confederate forces will have probably heard them anyway!

Residents in Sprotbrough reported hearing the bangs of the cannon as the group carried out their manoeuvres more than a mile away.

Among those taking part in the action at the park were Doncaster father and son Christian and Elliott Sprakes, long-serving members of the society who travel around the country taking part in re-enactments.

Christian, aged 40, from Bentley, is the bugler with the group.

He was delighted with the two days of action on Saturday and Sunday, in which the group used horses as part of its performance in Doncaster for the first time.

Christian said: “It was absolutely wonderful. We had a great crowd, with the hill absolutely full and Cusworth Hall is local to myself, and quite a few of us in the society.

“But it was a bit hot in all that wool that we have in our uniforms.

“It was the first time we had brought the horses and cavalry to Cusworth, and there were no problems. They provided an area for them.”

As well as the battle re-enactments, the society also provided a civil war camp, where members showed visitors how people would have lived during the war, which ran from 1861 to 1865.

This year they brought a blacksmith, who demonstrated how tent hooks were made, and a Navy display.

There was an extra bonus for a Doncaster school, which enjoyed a spin-off benefit from this year’s Cusworth event.

A group from the Society went to take part at the annual fete at Bentley High Street Primary School to show visitors there about their work.

The school is doing work on America as part of its curriculum.

The re-enactors are set to return to South Yorkshire in a few weeks.

They are booked to take part in the Sheffield Fayre in Norfolk Park over the August Bank Holiday weekend on August 28 and 29.