The Yankees are coming to 1810. But, the 5th Georgia Regimen is ready. The Raid on 1810 West Inn and Rendezvous featuring historians in period costume from the 1800's will be at 1810 Country Inn and Winery on Saturday, Oct. 8 and Sunday, Oct. 9.
The re-enactors began setting up their camps in the field beside the vineyard Wednesday, recreating the life of soldiers in the Civil War. The raid will feature 200 soldiers and 100 militia who will trade and buy supplies from Indians, demonstrate blacksmithing and cooking on wood-burning stoves, fight battles shooting black powder muskets and cannons, and demonstrate surgery in a period-style hospital.
"It's a small event, but it's a nice event," said Ed Coke, colonel of the 5th Georgia Regimen and overall commander of the event. "We teach the true history. We are non-political, we show the life of the soldiers. We don't care about that political stuff, and we don't discuss it."
Mr. Coke said the event is a hands-on event. The soldiers are glad to talk about what they do, and allow people to hold their rifles and equipment. The camp will be open Friday for school children, and will open at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday for the general public, with Civil War Battles at 2 p.m.
A real wedding, portrayed period-style, will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday. David Mullinax of Thomson and Pamela Hubbard of Evans have been involved with living history since 1999. Mr. Mullinax said it is natural for them to have their wedding period-style, because they "live the style 24-7."
"This is my way of life. It was no surprise to anybody that we're doing our wedding in the Civil War period," Mr. Mullinax said. "It's going to be a military Civil War wedding with dress uniforms and period-style clothes. The wedding vows are from the 1860's, and there'll be an honor guard. It's kind of like modern, but it's not."
Mr. Mullinax said anyone may come and see the wedding. He only asks that everyone remember it is a real wedding, and show the same respect that one would at any other wedding they attend.
Mr. Coke said the battle each day is a "fun raid," not a re-enactment of an actual battle. He said a different side will win each day.
"The Yankees have got to win one time," Mr. Coke said. "If they don't, then I can't get anybody to play Yankee."
Everyone is encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on while watching the battle. Mr. Coke said most people spend several hours touring the camps. The camps are also open at night, "so people can see camp night-life."
The 1810 restaurant will complete the mood by selling barbecue dinners. For more information, contact 1810 Country Inn and Winery at 595-8311, Colonel Ed Coke at 466-0536, or Captain Dave Shockey at 793-3216.