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Youngsters engage in living history

Eight-year-old David Osborne volunteered to join the makeshift platoon.

His 14-year-old sister, Hannah Osborne, preferred to stand aside to watch her younger brother learn infantry moves and techniques used nearly 150 years ago.

The Griffin, Ga. siblings were joined by their parents and dozens of other homeschool groups from across the Southern Crescent, taking part in a living history tour at Nash Farm Battlefield Park in Hampton.

"We want them to learn more about our nation's past, and gain an understating of our past," said their father, Darin Osborne.

"We hope they'll have an appreciation of our history," added their mother, Amy Osborne.

Friday's living history served as the kickoff to the Southern Jubilee and Battle of Nash Farm reenactment and living history event Saturday and Sunday. It is being sponsored this year by the 30th Georgia Company E.

The event takes place at the park, from 9 a.m., until 5 p.m., Saturday, and Sunday. Civil War reenactments are set to take place at 2 p.m., both days -- the Battle of Lovejoy's Station on Saturday and the Battle of Nash Farm on Sunday.

Tim Knight, the event coordinator, projects more than 3,000 will attend the weekend's reenactments and living history. Also, some 500 reenactors are expected to participate in the mock battles.

Knight said several vendors will be on site selling their wears and services during the day.

Mary Whisante, a corset maker from Alexandria, Ala., is one such vendor. She said she travels around the Southeast setting up shop to sell corsets and cartridge tubes to those engaging in living history exhibits.

"They call me 'The Paper Lady,' for the paper cartridge tubes I make for the muskets," said Whisante, as she set up her tent.

Heather Peterson and Lisa Baggett of HairWages Studio in McDonough were set up on the other side the park with their wears, colorful hair accessories and products.

Cost for admission into the Southern Jubilee and the Battle of Nash Farm is $5 per person, per day. Children ages six and under are admitted free.

Event coordinator Knight said the festivities will be accessible at 100 Babbs Mill Road, just off of Jonesboro Road, in Hampton. Parking is $3 per vehicle. To learn more, visit www.henrycountybattlefield.com.