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Historic Brattonsville

Civil War Reenactment

at Hightower Hall

Oct 21-23, 2016

 

 

 

YOUR INVITATION TO ATTEND BRATTONSVILLE 2016

Invitation has already been extended by the Sixth SC Volunteers and the Cultural and Heritage Museums of York County for you to attend this years Brattonsville event. The invitation was sent electronically in early July to all contacts of whom we currently have a working email address on file. If you did not receive your copy of this invitation but would like to obtain one for reference and/or event scheduling purposes then please choose to read or download a copy by visiting one of the following links.

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A FEW IMPORTANT NOTES AND REMINDERS

•    2016 EVENT PRE REGISTRATION

Online Pre Registration Form
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CW2016REG

As always, everyone attending this event must register themselves to participate. This year we've eliminated the old snail mail paper preregistration option in favor of a quicker and more convenient online version. A link to online preregistration can be found by following the link above. Confirmation of preregistration will be sent once the online form is submitted and verified by staff. Walkon registrations will still be allowed but will require a $5.00 fee. Online preregistration is Free so plan ahead now and save yourself some money by taking advantage of the online preregistration

A Reminder: All Preregistrants and Walkons must still check in at the Registration Tent to confirm their participation and to receive a site map and event schedule. Advance online preregistration will serve to expedite this process and quickly have you on your way.

•    SCHOOL EDUCATION DAY

On Friday, Oct 21 a School Education Day program has been planned for the benefit of participating area schools from in and around the area. The program will take place between the hours of 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Reenactors of all military branches and those a Civilian impression are invited to participate. All participants must be onsite and ready to go before 9:00 am Friday. Please let us know if you'd like to participate by checking the appropriate box provided when completing the online registration

Note: Non emergency vehicle access to the site will not be allowed during the hours of school program operation (9:00 am - 1:00 pm). If you are arriving prior to 1 pm on Friday to participate in only the weekend's battle reenactment event we ask you to please bear with us until the school day program has ended before driving into camp.

•    CANNON BOUNTIES

The limit of 6 cannon bounties totaling $100.00 each has already been reached for this event. All other Artillery Units interested in participting are still more than welcome to do so but regretfully without cannon bounty. We still encourage you to make plans to come participate and enjoy the weekend with us.

•    DANCE BALL

A Saturday evening Dance Ball is being planned for your enjoyment and participation. So Ladies go ahead and get out your best dresses ready and Gentlemen your finest frock or dress coat and make plans to come kick up your heels with your partner, friends, and some new acquaintances. The music for the evenng will be provided for your listening and dancing pleasure by a fine group of Ladies known as the "The Picken Pearls."

•    SATURDAY EVENING REENACTOR MEAL

There won't be a reenactor meal provided by the host unit this year due to investments made in other events planned for your enjoyment on Saturday. So please make plans to enjoy your Sat evening meal through your company kitchen, onsite food vendors, or by visiting several great restaurants all located within less than 20 minutes of the event site.

As always, we welcome your participation in this event and look forward to seeing everyone again this year. 

Gerald Goins, Event Coordinator
ggoins@6thregimentsc.org
803.328.0491

---  EARLY INVITATION SENT VIA EMAIL  ---

(Please let us know if you'd like to be added to our event contact list to recieve future invitation emails by contacting: ggoins@6thregimentsc.org )

Greetings Fellow Reenactors!

On Friday, October 21-Sunday, October 23, 2016, the 6th SC Volunteers will be hosting the annual Civil War Event at Historic Brattonsville in McConnells, SC, and we would love for you to join us for the reenactment.

Historic Brattonsville is a 800-acre open air museum and Revolutionary War battlefield site that tells the story of  Col William Bratton who settled in upstate South Carolina in the 1760s.  Bratton was a hero in the Revolutionary War, and his sons and grandsons established antebellum cotton plantations in the area.  This year, the reenactment will take place at Hightower Hall, the Italian Villa home of John Bratton, Jr., completed in 1856.  The Bratton family heavily supported the Confederacy by sending their sons to fight, sending grain and supplies to the troops, and the Bratton women led ladies’ aid societies in their communities.  To learn more about the historic site go to www.chmuseums.org

The Civil War event at Brattonsville will contain all of the usual elements that make a great reenactment weekend for reenactors and visitors. There will be a battle reenactment each day at 2pm.  You will have  firewood, hay and water and camp on the grounds of the plantation.  Sutlers such as Regimental Quartermaster, Dutchfork Depot, the Charleston Tin Typist and more will provide goods for your shopping pleasure. The ladies are invited to a private tea on Saturday. And, Picken Pearls will provide music for the Saturday evening dance.

Throughout the weekend, the Civilian Archers Society will provide demonstrations of the popular 19th century pastime of archery.   The Grimsley family of North Carolina will showcase their collection of mourning artifacts in the front parlor of Hightower Hall, giving us all a sobering reality of the Civil War. 

On Friday, October 21, we will have a Civil War Education Day from 9am-1pm.  This is a great opportunity to have engaging conversations with students and teach them about the war in a way that no text book can.  You truly can make history come alive! Plan on arriving at Brattonsville on Thursday, October 20 to participate.

So plan on joining us at Historic Brattonsville for a fantastic weekend of history and comradery. Preregistration for the event is FREE and easy.  Just click on the link.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CW2016REG.  An email with check-in times will be sent to confirm your reservation.  Walk-on reenactors will be charged $5, so register now and save $5 per person.

Please share this email with any reenacting units or individuals you have connections with, and we look forward to seeing you all in beautiful upstate South Carolina soon!

Gerald Goins, 6th SCVI
ggoins@6thregimentsc.org

Karen Cox, CIG
Historic Brattonsville,Education Programs Manager
803-684-2327 ext 107

(Please let us know if you'd like to be added to our event contact list to recieve future invitation emails by contacting: ggoins@6thregimentsc.org )

 

A Few Other Important Reminders...

  • We ask that you please be prepared to portray a Federal impression during one day of the event.

  • All tents with the exception of campaigner and civilian will be formed upon a lined company street.

  • All fire pits must be above ground. No digging is alowed.

  • The entire Historic Brattonsville site is known as a living museum. Please help maintain the facilities and surrounding landscape made available for our benefit and enjoyment while here.

Again, we welcome your participation in this event. So come on out and join us for a fun filled weekend of interesting and exciting history full of unrivaled camaraderie and good fun.

Rules And Regulations

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ALL PALMETTO BATTALION SAFETY REGULATIONS AND FIELD ORDERS

WILL BE IN EFFECT DURING THE EVENT

01- All uniforms and equipment must be of proper materials, construction and appearance.
02- Infantry weapons must consist of 3 band muskets or proper revolvers for officers. For cavalry, carbines, revolvers, and sabers. No shotguns, hawkins, or flintlocks.
03- NO KNIVES allowed on the battlefield. Only officers, Cavalry, and designated NCO's are to carry edged weapons.
04- Horses must have current Coggins Certification (SC State Law).
05- Horses are not to be ridden in infantry, refugee, or civilian camps.
06- Fire-pits allowed in designated areas only . Pits must be above ground using fieldstone or logs as a fire barrier. No dug fire pits.
07- No non period music, musical instruments or playback equipment.
08- Vehicles must be parked in designated areas only (See Map for Reenactor Parking) All vehicles must be out of camp by 8:00am Saturday. No Exceptions!! Vehicles will not be allowed back into camp until 3:00pm Sunday.
09- All modern equipment must be out of public sight at all times.
10- Pre-rolled rounds only, No Penny wrappers, staples, tape, aluminum foil or waxed rounds. The use of ' Wonder Wads " is strictly forbidden.
11- Bayonets will not be fixed except upon the orders of the commanding officer.
12- Unit commanders are responsible for the conduct of their men.
13- Any soldier missing safety inspection will not be allowed on the battlefield.
14- Must be prepared to portray a Federal impression during one day of the event if needed.
15- Pets and Smoking are prohibited while on site.

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Directions To Historic Brattonsville

GPS Coordinates for Hightower Hall

Latitude 34'52'27.25"N - Longitude  81'10'51.31"W

 

From Columbia - Take I-77 north, get off on Exit 73. At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn left on Highway 901 and proceed three miles to Highway 72/121; turn left. Proceed south on Hwy 72 four miles and turn right on Highway 324. Follow Hwy 324 five miles to its intersection with Highway 322 and turn left. From this intersection follow Hwy 322 south for five miles, passing Bethesda Presbyterian Church on the left. One mile beyond the church, turn left on Brattonsville Road and proceed two miles to the Visitors Center on the left.

From Charlotte - Take I-77 south, cross the Catawba River and take the second exit (82-B) for Rock Hill. This exit is not called Cherry Road. Coming off the exit the traveler will be on Cherry Road traveling southwest. Proceed through Rock Hill on Cherry Road. The road narrows to a two-lane road after crossing Highway 901 and becomes Highway 322. Follow H wy 322 approximately ten miles, passing Bethesda Presbyterian Church on the left. One mile beyond the church, turn left on Brattonsville Road and proceed two miles to the Visitors Center on the left.

From Greenville, Spartanburg - Travel north on I-85 and take Exit 102. At the top of the exit ramp you will be facing Hardee's restaurant. Turn right and follow the road, crossing double railroad tracks before coming to the end of the road at Highways 5 and 29. Turn left, traveling one mile before turning right on Highway 5 to York. At the first stoplight in York, turn right on Highway 321 south. Follow Hwy 321 for approximately nine miles to Brattonsville Road and turn left. Proceed on Brattonsville Road three miles to the Visitors Center on the left.

From Clinton, Newberry, Batesburg - Take Highway 72 or 121 north toward Whitmire. Follow Hwy 72 toward Chester and turn left on Highway 321, traveling toward McConnells. At McConnells, go right on Hwy 322 for two miles, then take a right on Brattonsville Road. Proceed two miles to the Visitors Center on the left.

From Gastonia - Take Highway 321 south toward Clover. Stay on Hwy 321, taking the 321 by-pass around York.

From Lancaster - Take Highway 521 north out of Lancaster. Turn left onto SC Highway 5 and proceed into Rock Hill. Turn left onto Cherry Road. The road narrows to a two-lane road after crossing Highway 901, and becomes Highway 322. Follow Hwy 322 approximately ten miles, passing Bethesda Presbyterian Church on the left. One mile beyond the church, turn left on Brattonsville Road and proceed three miles to the Visitors Center on the left.

From York - Follow Hwy 321 for approximately nine miles to Brattonsville Road and turn left. Proceed on Brattonsville Road three miles to the Visitors Center on the left.

 

Event Contacts

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Infantry/Cavalry Impressions

Gerald Goins: ggoins@6thregimentsc.org

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Artillery Impressions

Vernon Terry: vwtinc@aol.com

 

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Civilian Impressions

Colleen Kaphengst: herstoryinsc@gmail.com

 

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Sutler Impressions

Colleen Kaphengst: herstoryinsc@gmail.com

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