Civil War recreation near Savannah

Sunday, May 13, 2012 9:09 AM
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GUYTON, Ga. -- More than a thousand people attended the commemoration Saturday of 150 years passing since Confederate soldiers trained at Camp Davis, two miles north of Guyton.

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Five-year-old Tucker Miller of Guyton is ready to march during the 150th commemoration of Confederate Camp Davis held in Guyton on Saturday. The Confederate training camp was located 2 miles north of Guyton.  DeAnn Komanecky/ Morris News Service
DeAnn Komanecky/ Morris News Service
Five-year-old Tucker Miller of Guyton is ready to march during the 150th commemoration of Confederate Camp Davis held in Guyton on Saturday. The Confederate training camp was located 2 miles north of Guyton.

A historic marker was unveiled during the event sponsored by the Effingham County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

About 5,000 troops from 67 counties across south Georgia trained at the camp, which operated from February through May of 1862.

Property owner Warren Ratchford said the event was the culmination of 30 years of work by volunteers. His house likely was used as the camp headquarters.

Members of the Camp Davis Sons of Confederate Veterans, dressed in Civil War uniforms, led the activities, which included cannon fire and a rifle volley.

Ladies from the local United Daughters of the Confederacy gave demonstrations, showing how food was prepared during the Civil War.

Three other events are planned by the CVB, the Historic Effingham Society and the Effingham Chamber of Commerce as part of the Georgia Civil War Commission’s 150th commemoration of the Civil War in Georgia.

In 2013, a function will center on the Guyton Confederate Hospital.

In 2014, an event will commemorate the Incident at Ebenezer.

And in 2015, there will be a demonstration of what life was like for families after Sherman’s Army marched through Effingham.

Select play to watch footage from the commemoration, and go to spotted.savannahnnow.com to view a photo gallery of the event. 

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