Facebook Image

Manassas 150th Sesquicentennial of the Battle of Manassas

LivingHistorySites.com headed to the 150th Battle of Manassas, or Bull Run, in Prince William County Virginia.

As the first real battle of the American Civil War, Manassas was the kick off of the 150th Sesquicentennial celebrations around America.

Some tips for surviving 150th and larger reenactments. With over 9000 reenactors, excellent planning, and a massive field for the 150th at Manassas, they expected massive crowds. Buses rolled in, parking areas filled up and there were people everywhere. We walked long distances from our car to the battlefield, be prepared to walk. Many of these reenactments are on plowed fields, so be aware that shoes are an excellent thing to wear and watch your step. Once you get out of the parking lot fields and into the reenactment area, things were a little more like an enormous park. Modern vendors were behind the crowd/stands and sold food, t-shirts, memorabilia and everything in between. Historical sutlers were in another location.

Surviving the heat: Stay hydrated, heat exhaustion and potential heat stroke took out people on fields and stands. It was 98 degrees, with a heat index of 117 and it was oppressively hot, in full sun. Drink plenty of water, eat real sea salt and be careful. Wear a hat and loose clothing.