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1,000-plus Civil War re-enactors heading to New Market

Thursday - 5/17/2012, 10:01am  ET

NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) - More than 1,000 Civil War re-enactors are packing their hardtack and wool uniforms for the 148th anniversary of the Battle of New Market.

The re-enactors will gather this weekend on Virginia Military Institute's New Market Battlefield. VMI says it is the oldest battle re-enactment in the nation and one of the few held on the original site.

During the real battle, VMI cadets entered were under the command of Confederate Gen. John C. Breckinridge. His 4,000-man army included 257 cadets.

They went on to defeat Union forces totaling more than 6,000.

Weekend activities include historical interpreters who will provide a civilian perspective on the era. The battle re-enactment is scheduled for Sunday.

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