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Civil War re-enactment set for Gaither's

COVINGTON - It's whispered that the ghost of a Civil War soldier haunts Gaither Plantation.

If that's true, the spirit will feel more at home the weekend of March 28 to 30, when a Civil War re-enactment will take place.

Phillip's Georgia Legion, a volunteer group that hosts re-enactments throughout the South, is putting on the event, which will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30.

"We'll set up a Civil War camp, and we'll set up cannons and stuff and educate them on the life of a Civil War soldier," said Gen. Lee Murdock with the Legion. "We'll shoot off cannons and give them some instructions on how its done."

In addition to a "living history" program that will include rifle and cannon demonstrations, staged skirmishes will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

"We're not really reenacting because nothing really happened (at Gaither)," Murdock said. "We're putting on skirmishes to show the different combat forms: artillery, infantry and, if we're lucky, cavalry."

Murdock said he expects between 60 and 70 volunteers to participate and camp on the grounds of Gaither.

On Friday, March 28, they will give a private history lesson to local school children.

Both the students and the general public are free to ask questions, Murdock said: "That's what we're there for."

The Legion was last at Gaither's a decade ago, and Murdock said he was excited to get an invite back from the Friends of Gaither committee.

"We're happy to go back to Gaither. We enjoyed it 10 years ago. I was there, and I enjoyed it immensely, and we're looking forward to helping out any way we can," he said. "It's a great venue; there's a lot of history to it."

Admission to the event is $5 per car or $10 per bus or van.

Gaither Plantation is located at 270 Davis Ford Road.

For more information, visit www.gaitherplantation.com.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.