Cape Fear Living History Society
547 Wagon Ford Road, Beulaville, N.C. 28518
The Cape Fear Living History Society is a living history organization dedicated to the authentic portrayal of the life of the common soldier in the Confederate and Union Army. We are a unit that emphasizes historical research and authenticity, safety, battalion drill and battlefield tactics, seeking to educate the public on how the Civil War soldier lived on a daily basis. Members dress in authentic uniforms and equipment, carry reproduction weapons, and camp in period issue tents. We regularly meet for battle reenactments, parades and living history events throughout the year. We are a family oriented organization made of men, women and children dedicated to preserving a part of our nation's history that forged it into the great country we know today. Most of our membership is made up of persons from Eastern North Carolina. The CFLHS are members of two of the largest and most distinguished reenacting organizations. Our Confederate affiliation is with the ANV and our Federal is with the NATIONAL REGIMENT. Our motto is THAT OF THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA "ESSE QUAM VIDERI" -- "TO BE, RATHER THAN TO SEEM"; we want to inscribe this on the minds of every person we meet in this hobby.
The CFLHS is made up of: two Infantry regiments, Company K, 18th Regiment North Carolina Troops and the 9th New Jersey (Jersey Muskrats) Volunteer Infantry. Plus a large number of men, women and children portraying period civilians.
The activities of The Cape Fear Living History Society fit into several categories:
- LIVING HISTORY: These events tend to be our most numerous. A "Company street" is set up and the men eat, sleep, drill and demonstrate the life of the common Confederate and Union soldier of the Civil War. Ordinarily these are weekend events with the members arriving on a Friday night or Saturday morning and remaining in camp through Sunday afternoon. Events are rain or shine. The focus of these events is to offer visitors the opportunity to see us as a living illustration of history. Life on the "Company street" often revolves around the cooking fire, at a game of checkers, mending clothes or sometimes waiting for a shave. Drill and Demonstrations are often performed for the public. Evening hours are usually taken up with sitting around the fire talking, telling stories, music and singing.
- BATTLE RE-ENACTMENT: The battles of Gettysburg, Cedar Creek, Wilderness, Bentonville and others are re-created for thousands of visitors on an annual basis. The CFLHS schedules several of these events each year. Re-enactment's offer the members the unforgettable and highly educational experience of joining hundreds or thousands of others in realistic battle action. Both spectators and participants alike experience the awesome sights and sounds of battle. Like Living History events, re-enactment's involve weekend encampments but on a much larger scale involving volunteers from across the nation.
- OTHER ACTIVITIES of the CFLHS include participation in re-dedication and Memorial services each year. Every member agrees on the importance of participating in ceremonies that honor those that fought for our freedoms. Parades on Memorial Day and on Remembrance Day (November) in Gettysburg are a certainty on each years calendar. Historical societies, genealogical societies, Boy Scout troops, schools, and even community libraries have hosted contingents from the CFLHS. For those soldiers that enjoy doing these presentations there are often more opportunities and invitations than our schedules can accommodate.
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