Historic Washington State Park hosted its annual Civil War weekend November 5 and 6. Over an estimated 300-time period actors and volunteers participated in the weekend.

Historic Washington State Park hosted its annual Civil War weekend November 5 and 6. Over an estimated 300-time period actors and volunteers participated in the weekend.
The event demonstrated Civil War military tactics used in southern Arkansas.
“There are different campsites and locations, that are part of the weekend, that show life of that time,” Sheila Little, promotions manager of the park, said.
She said a majority of the actors had campsites around the park and would stay in character for the weekend doing demonstrations of everyday life of those in the war.
The main event of the day was the skirmish at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  A roped off section of field was used for the battle. Visitors gathered for the small battle. Smoke filled the air as visitors got to see and hear muskets and cannon fire.
Little said the battle was not of a particular battle in the area, but gave visitors and idea of how the war was fought during that time. 
The park had events scheduled for visitors throughout the day, with the traditional period costumes.
The park had an infantry, cavalry, artillery and civilian campsites, along with a medicine show.
Josh Williams, park curator, said the weekend is for remembering the Civil War history in Hempstead County and Washington Arkansas, as well as across southern Arkansas. 
“Particularly this town (Washington) where solders came through and the town supplied them. Also it became the Confederate state capital the last two years of the war,” he said.
All the historic buildings were open for tours, with a Civil War theme.