Fort displays replicas recalling Civil Warera bivouacs

first_imgDuring the Memorial Day Observance on Monday at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, emcee Larry Smith asked veterans of the Gulf, Vietnam and Korean wars, as well as World War II, to stand and be recognized.But the presence of soldiers (or at least their legacies) from more distant wars wasn’t far from the event. As the observance unfolded, a group of volunteers clad in wool uniforms clutching black powder muzzleloader rifles (weapons that took nine steps to load) stood outside a replica Civil War-era military bivouac, a temporary camp used by soldiers.“The least authentic thing is my being really old,” joked Mitch Rice, a 65-year-old who pointed out that a typical soldier from the era was age 25. “You wouldn’t have a really old soldier.”The volunteers were from 1st Oregon Volunteer Infantry, a nonprofit that holds battle re-enactments and other “living history” events intended to give the public a feel for the past.Mike Twist, interpretive park ranger and historic weapons coordinator at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, said that the site works with the volunteers to reach the public and educate them about the role of the Pacific Northwest’s military during the Civil War.last_img

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