I’ve never been a big Civil War buff but the 1st Annual Cabot Civil War Muster was held about a mile down the highway from my house on the grounds of Changepoint Church. I decided to go check it out and see what it was all about and I’m glad I did. It was interesting. I especially liked the demonstrations and the costumes of the women and children. I could not imagine having to wear the long dresses and the hoops underneath that women wore back then in the humid summers of Arkansas.
On Saturday they reenacted the Battle of Reeds Bridge (which the Confederates won) and Sunday the Battle of Bayou Fourche (a Union win). The threat of dangerous storms throughout Arkansas kept many participants at home. The storms held off on Saturday until after the battle but unfortunately the artillery night fire and field hospital candlelight program both had to be cancelled. I actually had not planned on going Sunday but the flooding on Hwy 67/167 and the developing sink hole on Hwy 15 kept me at home from church. The demonstrations at the muster had been cancelled but they still reenacted the battle. It had rained off and on all morning and was still raining when they started the battle.