The first day of the battle for Gettysburg will be fought Sept. 18 at the Lincoln County Historical Museum.Soldiers of the 1848 Venture Crew from Kearney will join other re-enactors to bring the battle to life at 1 p.m. and again at 5 p.m. at 2403 N. Buffalo Bill Avenue.
The battle will feature an attack by Confederate soldiers on the Union soldiers, pushing them into the village, according to Joe Carlson. He said the battle will begin on the outskirts of the historic village area of the museum but the Rebels will push the Feds into the village where the re-enactment will end.
Besides the local re-enactors and the Kearney group, several people from Lincoln and Omaha will be participating, Carlson said.
Carlson said people will experience two cannons, both from North Platte. Drummers, musket firing and lots of action will be featured during the re-enactment, Carlson said.
They will also offer educational seminars including how muskets and pistols were loaded and fired, bayonet history, Civil War flags and musical instruments used during warfare.
The group includes wooden muskets for hands on training.
Carlson’s group portrays the First Nebraska Volunteer Infantry Regiment, C Company, which was first formed in 1861 to go and fight at Fort Donaldson and Shiloh.
In 1863 the company was converted to a cavalry unit and in 1864 they were sent to Fort Kearney to protect the Oregon Trail. The company traveled the trail and was stationed in and around North Platte.
The 1848 Venture Crew was started in November of 2002.
They specialize primarily in Civil War reenacting and learning about Native American Indian history pioneers on the Oregon and Mormon trails.