Civil War history is alive in Aiken today. Between 800 and 1,000 re-enactors will take part in the 145th anniversary of the Battle of Aiken at 2 p.m. in Confederate Memorial Park, advertising coordinator Wayne Jones said. On Feb. 9-11, 1865, outnumbered Confederates led by Joe Wheeler defeated Union Maj. Gen. Hugh Judson Kilpatrick.
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday, there will be programs, tours and seminars. Spectators can learn how cannons were fired and how the cavalry was used. They can also explore life during the Civil War era, such as how people dressed, hospital techniques and the role of women.
Barbecue will be served at 11 a.m. There will be an artillery firing at dark tonight and church services at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
Re-enactments will be held at 2 p.m. today and Sunday at Confederate Memorial Park at 1210 Powell Pond Road in Aiken, off Interstate 20 at Exit 18.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 6 to 17. The event is free for children 5 and younger. Parking is free. For more information, visit battleofaiken.org.