The largest reenactment of the Battle of Fort Blakeley in recent years takes place Saturday at Historic Blakeley State Park.
“It’s a whole lot bigger than it has been in a long time,” said Mike Bunn, director of operations at Blakeley. The event begins at about 8 a.m. and concludes about 4:30 p.m., with Civil War history activities scheduled all day in addition to two battle sequences.
The Battle of Fort Blakeley was the last all-forces battle of Civil War. After a weeklong siege, Blakeley fell on April 9, 1865, and Union troops marched into Mobile unopposed.
The park expects about 200 reenactors who will camp out. Visitors are welcome to check out campsites and learn how soldiers live while on the move.
The main battle sequences are expected at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Confederate reenactors will conduct a sortie against Union troops at 11 a.m., and the final Union assault will take place at 3 p.m. There will also be weapons demonstrations throughout the day.
Also scheduled are two boat tours of the lower Mobile-Tensaw River Delta, at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. The boats will visit two river sites of Confederate batteries. People will learn about naval engagements in Blakeley-Spanish Fort areas.
A Confederate Battle Flag captured at Blakeley will be on display. Lectures and tours of the original battlefields will also take place.
Admission to the event is $10 for adults and $5 for children 6-12. Tickets to the boat tours are $25 and $15, with advance reservations. For more information go to http://www.blakeleypark.com/events.asp, or call 626-5581.