Relive local history on Saturday, May 7, 2011, when a Civil War event will be reenacted in downtown Linden: the May 12, 1863 burning of the Perry County Courthouse.
And on the evening before the reenactment, be sure to visit the Community Center in Linden, where the local Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 2184—Lee’s Long Riders—will be hosting an “Evening of Southern History.”
The Friday, May 6 event begins at 6:30 p.m., and will continue until around 8:00. Artifacts from the War of Northern Aggression will be on display, and speakers—some in period dress and carrying weaponry of the time period—will address the crowd. Free snacks and drinks will be available, as well as door prizes, including cash.
If you would like to view historical items and hear what the “history books” leave out, mark Friday, May 6, on your calendar. Admission is free.
The reenactment on Saturday will focus on the Civil War skirmish in Linden, which was the first recorded amphibious attack by Union forces. Troops landed on the banks of the Tennessee River, then marched to Linden—nearly 150 years ago.
The Armies of Tennessee will be commanded by General Tom Doss. More than 125 re-enactors and living historians are expected to attend, as are representatives from the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Confederate Belles, and Sons of Confederate Veterans.
A day filled with events is planned:
–8:00, reception and registration at the Commodore Hotel, with the Confederate Bells, until 3:00 p.m.
–9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., living historians on the courthouse square, and open Confederate camps.
–10:00 a.m., opening ceremony: welcome and proclamation by County Mayor John Carroll, speakers, raising of the Confederate flag by the Army of Tennessee, and singing of the Confederate anthem, “Dixie,” by the Confederate Belles.
–11:00, Union forces advance to Linden, with bombardment and battle on the streets, culminating in the burning of the courthouse.
–12:30 p.m., Living History continues until 3:00 p.m.