Minnesota Boys of ’61 schedule for Saturday, May 4

The Minnesota Boys of ’61 have updated their Saturday schedule to include the times for President Abraham Lincoln and other events in Spring Valley this weekend.

The activities all take place in Spring Creek Park, located between South Washington Avenue and South Hudson Avenue off of West Park Street. The public is welcome to view the activities and interact with the reenactors.

8 a.m.: Reenactors set up.

9 a.m.: Camp opens to the public.

10 a.m.: Artillery demonstrations begin, to include a step by step lesson on each cannon crew member’s responsibility on how to load and fire a cannon. Artillery crew will fire the cannon a few times.

11 a.m.: Infantry conducts drills and maneuvers, to include firing musket volleys

Noon: Artillery demonstrations begin, to include a step by step lesson on each cannon crew member’s responsibility on how to load and fire a cannon. Artillery crew will fire the cannon a few times.

12:45 to 1:15 p.m.: Infantry conducts drills and maneuvers, to include firing musket volleys.

1:15 to 2 p.m.: President Lincoln gives a history lesson on why he went to Gettysburg to speak and then culminates with him reciting his Gettysburg Address at the gazebo in Spring Creek Park.

2 to 2:25 p.m.: Artillery demonstrations begin, to include a step by step lesson on each cannon crew member’s responsibility on how to load and fire a cannon. Artillery crew will fire the cannon a few times.

2:30 to 3:30 p.m.: President Lincoln holds a “Press Conference” where he will answer questions from the audience pertaining to the Civil War in the gazebo in Spring Creek Park.

3:30 to 4 p.m.: Infantry conducts drills and maneuvers, to include firing musket volleys

4 p.m.: Artillery demonstrations begin, to include a step by step lesson on each cannon crew member’s responsibility on how to load and fire a cannon. Artillery crew will fire the cannon a few times.

5 p.m.: Infantry conducts drills and maneuvers, to include firing musket volleys

Tents set up to allow spectators to walk through and ask questions and experience camp life:

• Civil War infantry small arms weapons display with expert.

• Soldiers Aid Society tent ran by period correct civilians, included items that soldiers could buy such as fruit, vegetables, blankets. 

• Recruiting tent. Explains recruiting of the era and also is a reenactor recruiter.

• “General” Civil War tent displaying money, flags, and other Civil War memorabilia with a Civil War expert.

• Fundraising tent. Selling “Keepers of the Flame”Civil War 1stMinnesota Volunteers print, Civil War steins, pins, wooden nickels, etc. All funds raised go towards The Minnesota Civil War Monument Project to honor Minnesota’s Civil War veterans that played a vital role in preserving this Union.

Comments

What city is this located in?

Spring Valley. This was a late addition to the continuing story, but it is updated now to include the city.