The “War Between the States” was relived in the Cumberland Gap, Tenn., this weekend with re-enactors bringing history alive for hundreds of visitors.
“This is where history is coming alive,” said Cumberland Gap Alderman John Ravnum, who took the time to spearhead the event.
Ravnum has participated in re-enactment for 30 years.
“What’s happening is all these little pieces of personal history are being lost,” said Ravnum. “I always tell people, if you don’t study history you’re guaranteed to repeat it. Learn from the past that’s what it’s there for.”
Eight different exhibits or stations greeted school children when they arrived on Friday, providing 15 minutes of educational information on different aspects of the Civil War.
There were first-person re-enactments throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. Re-enactors performed several skits depicting different situations of the period 1862-1864.
There were small battles in the streets of Cumberland Gap. Demonstrations were held throughout the day on Sunday, including musket firing and Calvary artillery.
Supporters of the event include the Cumberland Gap Volunteer Fire Department, DeRoyal, Claiborne County Tourism, Claiborne County Historical Society and several individual donors.
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