Civil War Winter Camp

Experience what life was like for President Rutherford B. Hayes’s Civil War regiment while it camped for the winter.

Hayes Presidential Library & Museums Spiegel Grove - home of Rutherford B. Hayes, Fremont, OH, USA Open in Google Map
10:30am-8:30pm
Hayes Presidential member - 8.00 Non-member - 10
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Civil War Winter Camp

Sat., Oct. 22, 2022 • Times TBA
Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont

Experience what life was like for President Rutherford B. Hayes’s Civil War regiment while it camped for the winter. In the afternoon, Civil War reenactors will give free infantry demonstrations on the Hayes Presidential grounds, called Spiegel Grove. They’ll also offer afternoon and evening lantern tours of a Civil War winter camp based on the winter camps of President Hayes’s regiment, the 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry. This tour lasts about 50 minutes and will be outdoors. Please dress for the weather. Between battles, troops often spent time marching and preparing to fight. During the winter months, they would make a semi-permanent camp to await warmer weather and combat. Hayes’s regiment spent its winters camping in what is today West Virginia. First lady Lucy Hayes and the Hayes children often visited the camps, where would tend to soldiers, mend their uniforms and provide needed support. Hayes Presidential and volunteers have built huts like those used in winter camp at the back of the Spiegel Grove estate for this event. Tickets will be available at rbhayes.org.

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