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People stepped back in time Sunday at Beaver Creek State Park in East Liverpool, as Pioneer Village was transformed into a Civil War battleground. And for some of the actors, playing the role has a deeper meaning, and ties in with the real meaning of Memorial Day.
Civil War re-enactors geared up for battle; the armies are re-enacting the Battle of Banks Ford in Virginia that happened 150 years ago.
“General Lee had to decide whether he would stay back and defend Richmond or he would proceed north and go into the federal territory,” said event coordinator Karen Russo.
Beaver Creek State Park in East Liverpool was chosen as the location because of its similarities to the Rappahannock River in Virginia. Spectators from across the water watch as the Confederates are caught off guard.
Kathy Rutherford made it a family event, bringing her grandkids to give them a better idea of what this part of history is all about.
“Children really don’t understand what it’s like,” said Rutherford. “They go to school, they come home, they have their TV. But do you know what it’s like to come home have to chop wood, plant gardens and take care of all of it?”
History is fascinating to Union soldier Emma Hussey.
“I love it. I’m a history bug, and history is basically everywhere, like you step in history, right now you’re in a history land,” said Hussey.
“It’s very cool because everyday it’s like they have a battle and all these guys do these great demonstrations,” said re-enactor Lauren Johnston. “I just saw one from my friend Mark. It’s just really cool.”
It’s the exact reason others take part and come from all over the country, from New York to Virginia.
For many, it isn’t just about playing soldier, but pausing and remembering those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
“Memorial Day is just honoring the troops back then,” said Hussey. “It’s just honoring, right now we’re honoring , and I love basically what we’re trying to do.”