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Northwest Civil War Council holds Colton Civil War Reenactment at Horning Seed Orchard last weekend

PMG PHOTO: CINDY FAMA - Civil War Reenactment battlefield at Horning Tree Seed Orchard in Colton.Cannon and musket fire helped bring history to life as the nonprofit Northwest Civil War Council held their Battle of Colton Civil War Reenactment at the Horning Seed Orchard last Saturday and Sunday.

The event was as much about the lives of the soldiers off the battle field as on. Those in attendance had a chance to experience how the soldiers would have lived and spent their spare time during the Civil War years.

They could also see how the troops drilled and got ready for battles including cannon and artillery demonstrations.

Visitors also got to look into how the civilians lived and worked during the war. Walking around the tent villages gave guests a chance to visit with craftsmen, musicians, cooks, nurses and medics as they showed what their daily lives would have been like in the 1860s.

"We do these events to keep history alive," event coordinator Don Benson said. "We are here to educate the public about the Civil War and life in our country during those years."

Benson said he is the descendent of soldiers who fought as part of the Union Army.

PMG PHOTO: CINDY FAMA - Grace Peterson all dressed up for the 1860s.

One of Saturday's events was a "fashion show." The demonstrators explained the 15 different layers of clothing women wore in order to have the perfect hourglass figure. Country Christian senior, Grace Peterson, was asked to step up and model the clothing layers.

Benson stated that more than two hundred reenactors from every walk of life participated in the event in Colton. He also noted that the weapons used are reproductions true to historic design and black powder is utilized for the firing replication.

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