Confederate Memorial Park to host Civil War Living History & Skirmish

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Marbury, Ala. – Confederate Memorial Park, a historic property of the Alabama Historical Commission, will host a special living history event on Saturday, April 23, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Using authentically reconstructed Civil War barracks, living historians will present outdoor demonstrations on a variety of topics including weapons, flags, civilian life, cooking and veterans’ life at the Alabama Confederate Soldiers’ Home. 

A cemetery ceremony and an afternoon skirmish between Union and Confederate reenactors is also planned.

Spread over 102 acres of rolling wooded countryside near the center of the state, Confederate Memorial Park incorporates the site of Alabama’s only Confederate veterans’ home. Life for the old soldiers, called “inmates” at the home, was better than most had known before their admission. 

The home provided housing, meals, clothing, allowances, medical care and, for many, a place to die and be buried with dignity. The museum offers exhibits on the life of an Alabama Confederate veteran from recruitment to old age, including hundreds of artifacts from the Civil War and the Soldiers’ Home. 

Admission during the living history day is $2 per person and admission to the museum is an additional $2. For additional information, call the museum at 205-755-1990. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic. 

Confederate Memorial Park is located at 437 County Road 63, Marbury, AL 36051. Attendees should enter through the South gate located closest to Hwy 143.

To learn more about Confederate Memorial Park or the Alabama Historical Commission please visit https://ahc.alabama.gov/.