Town of Jefferson "Under Siege" During Weekend,
in Re-Enactment of Novel Civil War Battle
by: Bobby McDonald
Cannons blazed, gun's fired, and the cavalry mounted an offensive, all in "living color," before the eyes of hundreds of spectators who made their way to Jefferson, Texas, over the weekend for this year's annual portrayal of the fictional, Battle For Port Jefferson. Tuscumbia Ranch, approximately 5 miles out of Jefferson, and the actual streets of downtown Jefferson was the sight of a number of schirmishes between the defending Rebel Troops and the Yankees, as Civil War Re-Enactors provided a "glimpse" of what life during the bloody Civil War would have been like.
"Port Jefferson was never under siege," explained one of the re-enactors. "But, it could have been and might have shaped the war differently, for us here in Northeast Texas, had Federal forces chosen to attack the Port of Jefferson, one of the premier ports in this area of the country. Jefferson is 'steeped' in so much early history, it's the perfect place to conduct a Civil War Re-enactment."
The town streets of Jefferson, on the banks of the Big Cypress River, was the sight of several battles on Saturday, and battles took place at the Tuscumbia Ranch, located between the Big Cypress River and Little Cypress Creek, were conducted on Saturday and Sunday.
"We come every year," explained one of Sunday's attendees. "Where else can you bring your children, enjoy an afternoon of them seeing a battle like this re-enacted, 'up close and personal,' and being able for history to 'come alive' right before your eyes!"
Enjoy the following photos from Sunday's re-enactment in Jefferson:
Of course, the Rebel's won......"War doesn't determine who is right, it only determines
who is left....."
At least, re-enactors had the convenience of loading up their gear in modern trucks and trailer and
enjoying the air conditioning, follow the "heated" battle on a 90 plus degree Sunday afternoon.