PROSPECT, Maine — More than 200 living-history proponents will converge on Fort Knox this weekend and transport the Civil War era fort back to the 1860s.
The living historians, some from as far away as Florida, Michigan and Canada, will portray characters from the time period and, along with local and visiting Civil War re-enactors, will re-create the time around 1864 during the Battle of Fort Knox. Activities will begin Saturday, July 24, and continue through the final battle set to start at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 25.
Activities will include a naval assault on the fort, complete with cannon fire, and a land attack by Confederate infantry. In addition to the battle, the event will include scenes from everyday life both military and civil from the period, including a wedding, an execution, a church service, infantry drills, a dress parade and various medical scenarios.
The public is welcome to attend the wedding, but is asked to donate nonperishable food items as a “gift” to the bride and groom. Those items will go to the military food bank in Maine.
Youngsters also will have the opportunity to be “drafted” and to drill with the soldiers.
The event, which coincides with the Bucksport Bay Festival, is offered by the 20th Maine Company B and the 15th Alabama Company G and is sponsored by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, supported by the Friends of Fort Knox and Friends of Maine State Parks.
In anticipation of large crowds, additional parking will be available at the Verso Paper parking lot in Bucksport, with shuttle service provided by the Friends of Maine State Parks.
For information visit www.ftknox.mainemilitia.com.