“It will be like we have stepped back in time here at the farm this weekend, and we invite everyone to come see what the 1860’s camp life of Confederate Troops was like as they learned to drill, march and target shoot,” said Richard “Bull” Corry, owner of Old York Farms. “They will also have a swearing-in of the troops as well, just like they did here during the Civil War, and I think it will be neat to see.”
During the early stages of the Civil War the homestead at Old York Farms was the center for enlistments, and in February of 1862 Company E of the 50th Alabama Infantry of the Confederate States Army was formed at the York Post Office, which was located inside the residence that still stands on the property today.
“I think it’s great that the kids who are learning about history in the schools 400 yards from here (Old York) can actually come out and experience it on the grounds where it actually happened 150 years ago,” Corry said. “The troops were sworn-in right here in front of the house, which was used as post office during the Civil War. I just think it’s a great history lesson.”
Oakman native Scottie Myers said this weekend’s Confederate camp reenactment will be conducted by the Alabama Division of Civil War Reenactment.
“We’ve come here this weekend to refresh our training and train new recruits,” Myers said. “And we want the public to see what it was like during that time period.”
Myers said all the people who are participating in the camp reenactment do it for the love of history. The Confederate Camp hours will be Saturday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Admission will be $2 at the gate and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Oakman Middle School history department.