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A Historic Reenactment

October 11, 12th & 13th, 2002
Mercersburg, PA

On October 11, 12, and 13th of 2002, Mercersburg will commemorate the 140th Raid on the Town by the legendary General J.E.B. Stuart and his elite Cavalry and Horse Artillery. Known historically as the "2nd Ride-Around", this Raid "shook the Union", and was instrumental in President Lincoln's decision to relieve his Commander, General George McClellan. Thus, some historians say, changing the course of the War!

Hosted by the Mercersburg Stuart Raid Committee and Civil War Heritage, Inc., This event will be re-created on the historic town square Saturday morning (Civilians wanted for this scenario) followed by a battle reenactment including Infantry, Cavalry & Artillery in the afternoon. The commanders for the event will be Greg Bair (PACS) Confederate and Ron Palese (Vincent's Brigade) Federal. A roasted chicken dinner will be provided to all registered reenactors Saturday evening. A memorial service will be held for all services at the historic site of a number of 54th Massachusetts Infantry. Following the ceremony there will be another reenactment early Sunday afternoon. Usual amenities will be provided to all reenactors during the event. We look forward to your participation and help in recreating this historic event.

Groups supporting this event include: Chamber of Commerce, Historical Society, Borough, Lions Club, Rotary Club, Moose Lodge, VFW, and the American Legion.


Schedule of Events
(Schedule & Events subject to change --
please also check Main Event Schedule for changes.)

October 11th, Friday Morning 10:00 at Carbaugh's Farm
Camp Open to Reenactors

Friday Night 7:00-10:00 at Mercersburg Academy
Round Table Discussion on Stuart Raid
Leading Author on Stuart and Civil War Historians
FREE to all

October 12th, Saturday Morning 10:30- 12:00 at Town Square
Cavalry and Cannon Reenactment on Historic Site
Reenactment and History Play (Civilians needed)

Saturday Afternoon 2:30-5:00 at Carbaugh's Farm
(adjacent Lion's Club Park)
Civil War Battles
Cavalry, Infantry and Full-size Cannons
1860's Medical Demonstrations
Civil War Music Program

Saturday Night Dinner 6:00 at Carbaugh's Farm
Roasted Chicken Dinner with Fix'ns
FREE to all registered reenactors

Saturday Night 7:00-9:00 at Mercersburg Academy
Civil War Remembrance Ball
Traditional or Formal Costume in Period Victorian Ballroom.
REDUCED PRICE for all registered reenactors

October 13th, Sunday Morning at 10:30 at Carbaugh's Farm
Camp Church Services
Civil War Wedding
Memorial Roll Call Salute at Historic 54th Massachusetts Grave Site
Civil War Skirmishes
Cavalry, Infantry and Full-size Cannons

$50.00 per Cannon (1st 5 per side)
$25.00 per Horse (all horses must have current Coggins)

Events to be held --Rain or Shine
By necessity, event times may change and events added --
Check our website for the most up-to-date information: