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PHOTOS: Battle of Thompsons Station Civil War reenactment draws a crowd of 1,000-plus

Thompson’s Station commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Civil War battle that famously took place on and around the grounds of Homestead Manor. Sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-60s helped the 5,500 or more in attendance enjoy the day.
Bart Boaz (left) and Mike Hoover of Franklin typically portray Confederate soldiers during reenactments. “There are not that many Federals here today. Everyone wants to be in the Confederacy,” said Hoover. Boaz concurred. “For us to do Federal, we don’t mind it so much. It’s all about the history,” he said.

“The gun was heaver than I expected,” said Liam Akin, 10, from Thompson’s Station. 

Monty McInturff, DVM, is managing partner at Tennessee Equine Hospital, and served as emcee for the day's events. 

Abreal Andrews, 9, and her brother Justin Andrews, 7, came with their parents from Murfreesboro to participate in their first reenactment.  

Bill Stofel portrayed Gen. Robert E. Lee. “Lee was a humble man, and a Christian man,” Stofel said. “I like that about him.”  

John Mansfield first portrayed Abe Lincoln in 1975 in preparation for the country’s Bicentennial celebration. “I decided I didn’t want to shave anymore,” he said. “And my wife said to shave my beard like Lincoln’s.” Mansfield was promenently featured in the 2008 documentary “Being Lincoln: Men with Hats.”  

Saturday might as well have been a Sunday for Alan Corry, who delivers “historical sermons” the Time Capsule church he founded in Arrington. “There are great historic sermons that are very national in message,” Corry said. “Including personal liberies and our spiritual liberties.”  

Munitions experts fired a cannon several times as part of an artillery demonstration. 

Kaitlyn Soileau, 8, from Giles County, took a break after the cannon exhibition.

Lila Clutts, 10, from Giles County, played with a doll from the Civil War era. 

Posted on: 3/9/2013


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