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Reenactment on President's birthday!

Reenactors and visitors cover their ears anticipating the blast as a series of cannon are fired.

Rutherford B. Hayes loved being a soldier. He preferred the title “General Hayes” to all others – even though he also was a Congressman, three-term Ohio governor, and the19th President of the United States. After leaving the White House in 1881, Hayes hosted reunions of his Civil War regiment, the 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry, at his Spiegel Grove estate.

Each year, the Hayes Presidential Center marks the President’s birthdate (Oct. 4, 1822) with a re-creation of life during America’s Civil War with its Hayes Civil War Reenactment. This year’s event, sponsored by ProMedica Memorial Hospital , takes place 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 4 & 5. Hundreds of costumed Civil War reenactors camp on the grounds of Spiegel Grove and participate in three re-creations of the Battle of Kernston – a battle in which Hayes played a prominent role.

Event admission to the Hayes Civil War Reenactment is $4/adult and $2/children ages 6-12. (Discounted tours of the Hayes Home or Hayes Museum also are $4/adult, $2/children 6-12. FAMILIES: Buy a Center membership and SAVE! Stop by the tent in front of the Museum during the event.) Additional funding for the Reenactment is provided by Mosser Construction Inc. and Curwood Inc.-Bemis Co. Foundation.

promedica memorial hospital is the title sponsor of the 2014 hayes civil war reenactment.Battle reenactments involve infantry and artillery units and are staged on the lawn in front of the Hayes Home. The smoke of musket- and cannon-fire fill the air at noon and 3 p.m. Oct. 4 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 5. Immediately following Sunday’s battle, the life of our 19th President is commemorated in a military memorial service at the Hayes Tomb. This tribute involves active-duty personnel sent by President Barack Obama, veterans groups, and reenactors.

Other weekend activities include period entertainment, demonstrations of 19th-century life, day- and night-time lantern tours of soldiers’ camps, a Civil War Military Ball (Saturday night), a program on Civil War fashions, and Learn to be a Soldier for Kids, which gives children the opportunity to experience what it was like to be a soldier during the war. In Sutler’s Row, visitors can see and purchase Civil War-era food and wares in a tented business community much like those that followed armies during the war.

REENACTORS : Union and Confederate troops are invited to take part in the Reenactment. Registration is required. Click here for a form. To read Safety Rules and Participant Information, click here.