Battle of Rienzi comes to life

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Updated: 5/04/2013 8:23 pm
RIENZI, Miss. (WTVA) - Civil War re-enactors are helping to teach history at the third annual Battle of Rienzi.

Under the direction of the 3rd Tennessee Calvary and 48th Tennessee Infantry, the Battle of Rienzi is being put on for educational purposes.

Re-enactors from Mississippi and surrounding states are re-living what transpired between 1861 and 1865.

Over a three-day period the, re-enactors get to show the audience what conditions were like on a real battlefield during the Civil War and how battles raged on during that time period.

"The town of Rienzi was occupied by the federals and confederates throughout 1861 to 1865, and we're here to show the people of the town of Rienzi how it was," said Kenny Walthers, re-enactor.

"We're very big into history, so it's really neat to come out and see how people lived," said Elizabeth Campbell, Prentiss County resident. "[We learn] what they had to do and what they had to go through during that time, during the Civil War."

The audience also learned that, when the South surrendered at Appomattox, Va., the Battle of Rienzi raged on for more than a few weeks.
It took about a month for both Union and Confederate soldiers to be informed that the Civil War had ended.
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