The Cedar Creek Battle reenactment this weekend in Middletown, Va., one of the country’s premiere events for reenactors as well as spectators, is offering a new seating alternative: Visitors will be literally in the action as horse-mounted soldiers race by them and smoke rises from thousands of muskets, according to a release from the battlefield foundation.
The reenactment takes place on the actual battlefield where Confederate forces took and then lost the ground on Oct. 19, 1864, in what became the last battle for control of the Shenandoah Valley. On the battlefield is a white, frame house owned by the Heater family that still stands. The special seating area will adjoin the house.
Regular admission to the battlefield area on Oct. 15 and 16 is $15 per day or $20 for a weekend pass. Admission to the new seating area will cost an additional $10. A reception and candlelight tour of the camps is also being offered and that will be an additional $5 on top of the regular admission.
The event is now in its 23rd year. The reenactment for Saturday is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.