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Union, Confederacy battle at State Street Park in Medina

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 April 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers
MEDINA – Civil War re-enactors battled at State Street Park this morning in a loud clash that is part of the Civil War Encampment in Medina.

The top photo shows the advancing Union firing at the Confederate soldiers.

This is the third year the community is hosting the Civil War Encampment. Previously, the re-enactors have had their mock battles at the GCC campus on Maple Ridge Road. Today the fight moved inside the village.

There will be another mock battle on Sunday at 2 p.m. by the GCC campus center. The following photos are in chronological order.

Confederate soldiers load their guns and get ready for battle. They are pictured near the edge of the park along State Street.

Union soldiers wait by the canal bank. The Confederate soldiers are on the other side of the fence.

In the beginning of the battle, the Rebels are on the offensive, pressuring the Union.

Union soldiers get ready to return fire.

Two soldiers on horses emerge from under the canal bridge. The mounted cavalry gives the Union a big advantage in the battle.

The Confederate soldiers stand their ground and fire at the Union.

The Union returns fire and gets ready to advance.

The Confederates reload while under fire.

The Union prepares to charge on the Confederates.

A fallen soldiers is tended to by his Confederate brethren.

The Union is on move, leaving behind a Confederate casualty.

A line of Confederate soldiers gets off some shots against the advancing Union Army.

The Confederacy, pushed to the edge of the park, isn’t giving up.

The cavalry comes up along the edge of the park, putting more pressure on the Confederacy.

These Confederates, including Olin Miller of Albion at left, load their weapons in the waning moments of the battle. Albion teacher Doug Mergler is at back right.

The Rebels are backed up and under pressure from the Union.

Albion teacher Jonathan Sanford, left, and Albion resident Wes Miller contemplate their next move.

The Confederates yield to the Union and the mock battle is over.