Organizers coax Civil War history to life with demonstrations and drama again this weekend at the 11th annual March to Destiny. Programs will be offered at no charge throughout downtown Shippensburg June 22-24.
This year’s living history programs include some of the usual events like the popular street skirmish, tactical battle, foraging and appearances by Abraham Lincoln and other figures from the Civil War era.
Returning this year is Col. John Singleton Mosby, C.S.A., who captivated those lucky enough to hear his presentation last year.
Portrayed by David Shuey, Newville, the dynamic character and wartime exploits of Mosby, the Confederate Army’s “Gray Ghost,” spring to life once more.
Shuey’s balanced interpretation is presented from a unique first person perspective. His portrayal of Mosby’s thoughts, emotions and deeds are sure to grab the attention of listeners.
Shuey will also portray Union Lt. Frank Haskell, the hero of the Bloody Angle battle, at a Friday program at the Shippensburg Public Library.
A variety programs this year appeal to all kinds of history buffs. Other living history interpretations by Myra Reichart will focus on women in the Civil War, both at home and on the battlefield. Junior March to Destiny member Julia Chain will lead a presentation on sidesaddle etiquette.
Shippensburg Historical Society opens for tours of the new exhibit, “My Love to All of You, Don’t Forget the Boots:” Letters of the Civil War.”
Other living history events include guided walking tours, period music by Susquehanna Travelers, a Victorian Ball, Italian ice social, Civil War church service, children’s period games, a grand illumination, memorial service and horse drawn wagon rides.
For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.marchtodestiny.org. Also, be sure to check for updates on the organization’s