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Civil War event has great potential

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Editorial: May 1, 2012

TOPIC: Sesquicentennial event
OUR VIEW: Good start, think bigger

Long before downtown Elizabethtown had a Justice Center, paved roads or electricity, the area was full of Civil War action.

Last month's sesquicentennial event attracted plenty of attention downtown as area residents re-enacted — at least for a few hours — what life was like in this town in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

Streets were lined with people who were able to step back in time and get a slight taste of what life here once was like.

Cannon blasts, musket rounds and Confederate commanders were all part of the display on a spring Friday night. The event, sponsored by the Brown-Pusey House, Elizabethtown-Hardin County Heritage Council, Hardin County History Museum and Morrison Masonic Lodge, was a resounding success.

While it is always good to look to our future, we should never lose sight of our past as our vibrant community was shaped years ago.

As event starts go, this one was a winner.

Only those involved on the inside of a project like this one truly understand the effort needed to ensure everything is done right and that it is an event that reflects what life in 1862 truly was like.

With a successful debut, organizers should broaden the scope and capitalize on the tourism benefits of staging an event like this one. Maybe even tie it into others Civil War themed-events from areas like Fort Duffield, Munfordville, Hodgenville and Bardstown.

Hosting a Civil War re-enactment, especially in a place like Hardin County, could become a destination for the region. Possibly think of two performances on a Friday night and Saturday morning.

How many of us really knew that during the Civil War, the Confederate Army launched a looting and ransacking attack on the area? You did if you attended the sesquicentennial performance.

It was a history lesson come to life that our area needs to embrace as an annual event.

This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.