More than 200 living historians from as far away as Florida, Michigan and Canada will be bringing Fort Knox back in time to 1864. Activities begin Saturday, July 24, at 9 a.m., and continue through the final battle set to begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 25.

Witness a naval assault, cannon fire, Confederate infantry attempting to do a land-based attack as Union soldiers head off to war to defend the cause. While back in “town,” an area of civilian re-enactors, families live and grieve for the absence and loss of their fathers, brothers and sons. But life was not always grim during those times; participants will also celebrate with two couples as they join in wedded bliss.

The public is welcome to attend,a donation of a nonperishable food item is requested as a “gift” to the bride and groom. Food items collected will go to the military food bank here in Maine.

Children will be drafted and drilled along with soldiers to give them a better idea of how a soldier in 1864 would have spent his time.

Co-hosted by the 20th ME Co. B and 15th Alabama Co. G, the event is going to bring the year of 1864 to Maine in a way it has never seen before. Sponsored by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands and supported by the Friends of Fort Knox and Friends of Maine State Parks and presented in conjunction with the Bucksport Bay Festival, there will be something of interest for everyone.

Parking is available in the Verso parking lot in Bucksport, with shuttle service being provided by the Friends of Maine State Parks.

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