Civil War buffs traveling to Mississippi re-enactment

Posted Nov. 12, 2010, at 4:55 p.m.

JACKSON, Miss. — Organizers say they’re expecting 1,300 Civil War re-enactors from as far away as Maine to gather in northern Mississippi this weekend to depict a battle that actually took place in Tennessee.

People dressed as Union and Confederate soldiers are reliving the Battle of Fort Donelson, which took place in February 1862 near Dover, Tenn., northwest of Nashville. The battle was a victory for the North and helped keep Kentucky in the Union.

Re-enactors from Texas, Oklahoma, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Maine registered for the event outside tiny Michigan City, Miss., a stone’s throw south of the Tennessee state line.

History buffs say they’re trying to re-create an authentic experience of a war that started nearly 150 years ago.

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