Civil War 150: “150 Years Remembering the Civil War in Bowling Green at Historic Railpark and Train Museum”

By Admin, BuyLocalBG.com, BuyLocalBg@gmail.com/
Friday, April 12th, 2013 8:00 AM CST

Bowling Green, the short-lived Confederate Capital of Kentucky, will continue its Sesquicentennial Commemoration with an Union Reenactment event this spring. After forcing the Confederate army out of town in February of 1862, Union troops continued to occupy the city of Bowling Green for the remainder of the Civil War.

This living history event will include camping for re-enactors on the grounds of the L&N Depot at the Historic Railpark & Train Museum, living history demonstrations in historic downtown Fountain Square Park, artillery drills and children’s games in Circus Square Park, historic architectural walking tours, a ladies’ tea, cemetery lantern tours, a Military Ball, a period church service, and a memorial service. All of these events take place within walking distance in downtown Bowling Green except for the memorial service to be held at Fairview Cemetery.

Click here to download a tentative schedule of events.

All activities are free to the public except the cemetery tour and Military Ball. There is no charge for re-enactors to participate and several meals plus a bounty will be provided, but there is a limit, so advanced registration is required. Download a Registration Form here.

Spectators can also enjoy the Railpark’s Civil War exhibits and artifacts or venture down to the Kentucky Museum to view its “A Star in Each Flag: Conflict in Kentucky” exhibit. Nearby Riverview at Hobson Grove, one of the sites on Kentucky’s Civil War Trail, is another popular stop for heritage travelers.

For more information about Bowling Green’s role during the Civil War, visit our Civil War Microsite.

Also check out the Civil War Trail (website link for trail) via the Convention and Visitors Bureau or Kentucky Museumon WKU’s Campus.

Past Civil War 150:

Part 1: Mt. Moriah Cemetery, resting place of “African American Union Soldiers.”

Part 2: The Confederate Graveyard and Monument of Bowling Green. Also, the Most Dangerous Confederate.

Part 3: “Defending the L&N Railroad Wayside Exhibit.”

Part 4: “Mt. Ayr & Fort Underwood”

Part 5: “Baker Hill and Downtown Bowling Green”

Part 6: “Confederate Defense Line and Rifle Trench.”

Part 7: “Fort C.F. Smith and College Hill.”

Part 8: “Fort Webb Park”

Part 9: “Hines Boatlanding and Civil War Hospital Exhibit.”

Part 10: “Bowling Green Courthouse displaying Confederate Medal of Honors and Federal Army Officers.”

Part 11: “Jonesville.”

Part 12: “Bowling Green’s Official Sesquicentennial Event.”

Part 13: “Henry Grider, Veteran of 1812, Whig, Unionist Congressman, Abolitionist and the 14th Amendment.”

Part 14: “Fort Lytle or Fort Albert Sydney Johnston.”

Part 15: “Kentucky Museum.”

Part 16: “L&N Railroad, ‘Civil War and the Railroad’ exhibit.”

Part 17: “The Presbyterian Church on State Street. Former School and Civil War Hospital.”

Also, there is a much better trail tour (we love this so much), check out the Civil War Trail (website link for trail) via the Convention and Visitors Bureau or Kentucky Museumon WKU’s Campus.

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