Saturday, January 4, 2020

The Battle of Townsend's Plantation Civil War Festival

A re-enactment of Townsend's Plantation Civil War Battle was waged at Renningers Mount Dora Flea Market and Antique Center (20651 US-441, Mount Dora, Florida 32757). The festival featured live Civil War Re-enactments, living history exhibits, folk music, weaponry demonstrations, authentic camps and Sutlers, full scale artillery, cavalry and soldiers in time-period uniforms and weaponry, a Civil War era Dress Ball, and more. 

I stopped at the Medical Department wagon and tent to sketch the basket of severed limbs and the exhausted doctor who was happy to offer insights into the medical tools of the trade back in the 1860s. The rest of the morning as spent sketching civil war camps of both Union and Confederate soldiers. Those sketching opportunities were periodically interrupted by muster drills as the troops prepared for battle.

My 5th great grandfather Augustus Elias Julius Thorspecken was a doctor n the civil war era, so his dexterity with a saw blade must have been impressive.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

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