Civil War group to hold living history event

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The Ohio Valley Civil War Association (OVCWA) will return to Eva Beach on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3-4, to bring the Civil War back to life for Benton County residents. Based in Eaton, Ohio, the group has members from Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee.

The Friends of Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, along with the TRRD Board, are proud to sponsor this event. There will be a variety of military and civilian displays and demonstrations on site, all of which are family friendly and free to the public.

“We are excited to have the OVCWA back at Eva Beach and hope that everyone will take the opportunity to come out and watch history come to life!” said Julie Wilson, vice president of the Friends group. “We would also like to thank the TRRD Board for helping us sponsor this event.”

The OVCWA has presented programs at many national military parks such as Gettysburg, Shiloh, and Stones River. They also participate in school programs, present the colors at a variety of events, and always strive to honor the veterans of all wars.

The period camp will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Soldiers will hold infantry, sharpshooter, and artillery demonstrations at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. There will be no food vendors present and seating is limited, so visitors who plan to spend the day may want to bring their own food, drinks, and chairs.

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