The fourth annual Civil War Days will be held Sept. 21-22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at the Hermann Farm, located just off of Highway 100 as you drive west into Hermann.
The event will feature several new activities this year, including Charles Staats and his 1860 ambulance featured in the movie, “Lincoln.”
Also new will be the re-enactment of a water landing off the Missouri River.
There will be between 100 to 150 re-enactors — cavalry, artillery, infantry — and among them, Bob Plummer, a member of the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery, will come down the Missouri River from the east, around the bend in the river, when the artillery will turn and fire on this boat, said Eli McDonald, director of operations/historian for Hermann Farm.
Although the event closes at 4 p.m., there are evening events planned for Saturday, including a night firing of the cannons.
At dark the artillery will be lined up at the ridge and then fire.
“It will be spectacular,” McDonald remarked.
Directly following the night firing, a military ball will begin at the Mill.
The hofgarten will have live music until 9 p.m. (This is not related to the Civil War Days, but it will give people who want to hang around in between the 4 p.m. close of the event until the evening activities something to do, said McDonald.)
There will be an admission charge to get into the Civil War Days event, but all of the evening activities are free, including the military ball, which is mainly being held for the re-enactors, but it will be open to anyone who wants to come see all the pageantry, said McDonald.
All of the vendors who have attended previous Civil War Days will be back this year, plus several more. There will be a cooper making wine barrels, a primitive candle maker dipping candles . . .
The State Archives will have an exhibit set up explaining the importance of Missouri in the Civil War.
The Teubner-Husmann house, built in the 1850s, will not be open during the event. A wooden scaffolding surrounds the front of the house right now as the front porch is being rebuilt.
However, a booth will be set up just outside of the house displaying some of the period tools being used on the restoration job as well as a sketch of how the house will look when it’s finished.
Down the road, visitors also will notice a series of “History Houses” in progress, one of which is constructed of four different buildings, including one said to be the oldest building in Hermann.
“It actually predates Hermann,” said McDonald. “It was built there before Hermann existed in 1836, ’37.”
The brick building was Hermann’s original post office, McDonald noted.
When they are completed, each of the history houses will have a different theme, he said.
The sesquicentennial of the Civil War continues through 2015, and McDonald sees the Civil War Days event as an opportunity both to educate people on the subject and entertain them at the same time.
“The Civil War in Missouri and in the United States is one of the most important things that happened,” he said. “Part of the United States, this bond that was supposed to hold us all together, collapsed. Half of it seceded. The core political and philosophical ideologies that made that happen, that’s very important and powerful.
“This event, the reason I care about it so much, is because it’s my opportunity to say come here, step back into 1860s, see what regular life was like as a regular Hermannite or soldier.”