Civil War Winter Camp
Date & Time: Saturday, October 24, 2020.
Experience what life was like for President Rutherford B. Hayes’ Civil War regiment while it camped for the winter. In the afternoon, Civil War reenactors will give free infantry demonstrations on the Hayes Presidential grounds, called Spiegel Grove. They also will offer afternoon and evening lantern tours of a Civil War winter camp based on the winter camps of President Hayes’ regiment, the 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
This tour lasts about 50 minutes and will be outdoors. Please dress for the weather.
Tickets are $8 for Hayes Presidential members and $10 for non-members. They can be purchased below. Members must log in to receive their discount.
Tours will be limited to eight people, and participants must wear face coverings and keep a distance of 6 feet between their household group and other attendees.
Between battles, troops often spent time marching and preparing to fight. During the winter months, they would make a semi-permanent camp to await warmer weather and combat.
Hayes’ regiment spent its winters camping in what is today West Virginia. First Lady Lucy Hayes and the Hayes children often visited the camps, where Lucy would tend to soldiers, mend their uniforms and provide needed support.
Hayes Presidential and volunteers have built huts like those used in winter camp at the back of the Spiegel Grove for this event.
For a full schedule of events, visit https://www.rbhayes.org/news/2020/09/24/general/experience-civil-war-life-with-kids-event-winter-camp-tours-for-all-age/.
Civil War Winter Camp is sponsored by Dr. Carlos A. DeCarvalho and Mrs. Carol L. Greenberg. Additional funding byThe Andersons and VFW, Fremont Post 2947.