TEMPLE — Troops from around Texas and beyond will be arriving this weekend for the fifth annual Battle of Temple Junction Civil War Re-enactment at Bend of the River Ranch in Temple.

The festivities begin today with Education Day, a day designed to allow area students to see what life was like during the Civil War. Around 400 students will see and interact with various displays, exhibits and professional re-enactors in the Union and Confederate campgrounds.

“These kids will experience Civil War history first hand during education day,” said Tom Hughes. “Civil War history is much more than what they read in a textbook, the kids will get to see history come alive.”

Saturday and Sunday, the grounds open to the public at 9 a.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children, age 12 and younger. Active-duty military get in free Saturday with ID.

Attendees can tour the various campsites, see cavalry competitions, military surgeon demonstrations and the Battle of Temple Junction re-enactment. Union and Confederate forces will square off at 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

“We have the only flying Artillery Piece west of the Mississippi coming to this year’s event, along with the 12th and 36th Texas dismounted cavalry groups,” said John Larson. “Changing the location has really helped with attracting re-enactors.”

The Bend of the River Ranch is at 7915 S. General Bruce Drive in Temple. For more information, go to www.battleoftemplejunction.com.


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