Experience the thrill each day of watching nationally recognized Union and Confederate Artillery batteries firing full scale Civil War mortars in "live fire" demonstrations. This unique battlefield demonstration is an event you rarely have the opportunity to experience anywhere else. Mortars were utilized by both the Union and Confederate armies during the later part of the Civil War; they were generally employed during "siege" and "fortification" engagements such as Vicksburg and Petersburg.
These experienced gun crews will fire actual projectiles weighing in excess of 17 pounds. The shells travel high in the air and land within feet of targets placed approximately 100 yards in the distance. Expert narration will describe this daily competitive activity as well as the history of these unique artillery pieces. Witness the live demonstrations each day at the Gettysburg Civil War Battle Reenactment & Living History Event, July 5-7, 2019. For the full schedule of events click here.