Participant Camping

CAMPING

There will be three areas and types of encampments available to the participants during the weekend and battle.  Each encampment will have wood, straw for bedding, water.  Camping is available for participants and support staff/volunteers only.

MILITARY CAMPING

The military will camp in one of two locations.  Those under Captain Powell will camp near the wagon corral using personal A-Tents.  There will also be a command wall tent with fly placed at this camp to house extra supplies and rations.  Those wishing to have modern equipment at this camp (cots, coolers, gas or electric lamps) must remove or hide it prior to the battle on Sunday, as the tents will be knocked down as part of the battle.

The other military encampment will be for those forces garrisoned at the fort which will act as relief Captain Powell’s surviving troops.  Their location will be on the fort grounds forming a company street with infantry, cavalry, and officer sections.  Married officers will be allowed two wall tents with fly, single officer’s one wall tent with fly, and enlisted men an A-tent.  There will also be a command tent with fly for meetings a supplies storage.  This encampment will be open to the public for visitation during the day on Saturday and Sunday so modern items should be kept in the persona tent or the command tent.  A display A-tent will be setup, along with a wall tent to give visitor’s an idea of military quarters for both enlisted men and officers when on the march.

CIVILIAN CAMPING

As with the military there will be two encampments for the civilians.  One for those wanting to use all modern conveniences, the others wishing to have a period encampment.  The modern encampment which can include modern tents, and RV’s (NOTE: There are no hookups of any type) will be located near the visitor center in and around the present picnic area.  The period civilian camp will be on the fort grounds in one of the parade ground quadrants within walking distance of the military camp and will be provide wood, water, and bedding straw.

NATIVE ENCAMPMENT

There will be a period native encampment located just outside the south end of the fort.  This encampment is planned to depict the 1860 period with campers dressed and using 1860 props.  The camp will be open to public visitation during daytime/museum hours and modern items should be kept hidden at this time.  Modern equipment may be used after hours.   One  tipi will be set up to depict the historic period and available for the public to look inside.