“We’re going to try to make the Marietta Square feel like it would have felt 150 years ago,” said Marietta City Manager Bill Bruton. He also chairs the Committee for the 150th Commemoration of the Civil War in Marietta.
“The army was amassing all around Marietta,” said Bruton, a Marietta resident. “The soldiers were preparing for the big fight and the citizens were fearful at that point as to what would happen and trying to figure out what the result would be,”
Marietta residents will portray real people who were in Marietta during that week of the war.
“They’re going to be talking from diaries and letters. They’re going to have personal effects from those individuals. They’re going to be dressed up and portraying those individuals. A lot of them are going to be portrayed by their relatives,” he said.
The camp will be set up at the Marietta Square all weekend.
“We will have tents in Glover Park. We will have soldiers sleeping in Glover Park,” he said.
The weekend also features musicians playing period instruments and games for children like those played in the 1860s.
“You’re kids will be able to interact with children’s games, musicians, soldiers and more,” he said.
“(The commemoration) is getting people to understand those people who came before us and what they had to go through. If you come to Marietta, the way it looks and the way it feels with all the things going on, it will take you back to 1864,” Bruton said.
To learn more, visit mariettacivilwar.com. Glover Park and Historic Marietta Square is at 50 Park Square, Marietta.