Old Clinton War Days will bring town to life

Hands shaking and hearts pounding, they held up their muskets and fired at the enemy as the deafening noise of the cannons filled their ears, hoping they would soon taste victory and return home instead of taking their last breath on the battlefield. While this was all true during 1861 through 1865, today the veterans of that time long ago are celebrated for their audacity through an authentic re-enactment at Old Clinton War Days.

“While it’s not on the actual battlefield sites, it’s staged in such a manner to represent how those battles occurred,” Earlene Hamilton, president of the Old Clinton Historical Society, said. “People are walking around in a capsule of history the whole time they are at our event.”

Visitors can witness Old Clinton War Days May 6, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and May 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $5 for adults to get into the event, $3 for those 6-18 years old, and children 5 years and under get in free.

Old Clinton War Days is a step back in history, where people can see what the Civil War was like in Jones County by watching a live action re-enactment of the war and seeing antique clothing and other items. Not only are there a lot of vendors selling unique items, but there are also activities for everyone to enjoy, making this an event for the entire family.

“For the younger children, we have a mock battle,” J.C. Nobles, Commander of the reenactment group, said. “We made two little fake cannons and fake rifles, then we let the kids get out there and play war.”

Ladies also get a special treat of enjoying tea time at the event and eating hors d’oeuvres. 

“The girls and the ladies really enjoy the ladies tea,” said Nobles. “Saturday morning at 11:05, we have an authentic tea, where the ladies are in their finery and they do the little crumpets, and tea cakes.”

This event is about teaching history, and there is no better way of teaching history than by showing it. Before the event happens over the weekend, the Jones County schools are able to witness this rare teaching moment May 4 and 5.

“The re-enactors agree to set up camp before Old Clinton War Days start on Saturday and Sunday and we started having classes come out to experience Clinton’s history, the encampments and War Days,” Deloras Moon, coordinator between OCHS and the school system, said. “They get to see a campsite with tents and equipment. The re-enactors are in uniform and there is also a demonstration of a cannon or the rifle shooting.”

There is only one time a year to see this event, enjoy the food and time travel right in Jones County. Come out and witness history as it was during the Civil War with the 36th annual Old Clinton War Days.

“It’s important that you know your history,” said Nobles. “Our main thing is to show how it happened and to honor the sacrifice that the men, women and children made.”

-- Alaina Minshew | Contributor

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