History buffs took a sail back in time down the Mighty Muskingum today.
The Zanesville-Muskingum County Convention and Visitors Bureau Hosted its 2nd annual Lorena Sternwheeler Civil War Reenactment. The Lorena made its way down the Muskingum at 10:00, 12:00, 2:00 and 4:00. While confederate troops stationed on the riverbed opened fire on the union held sternwheeler. We talked with Private Bob Daniels and his men right before their attack on The Lorena as he explained the strategy.
"In the civil war they had major transports, they had all kinds of transports that hauled troops, hauled supplies, hauled military hardware. They used them a lot the major rivers, of course the confederate didn’t have as many transports but they had cannons, and they would sit on the shores and pick at them, and shoot at them "
For their 12 dollar ticket, visitors had the opportunity to ride down the river with Governor William Dennison. If they didn’t have their sea legs, they could still enjoy the historic setting in Zane’s Landing Park where they could take a look at civil war era surgical equipment, walk to the confederate camp, take a swig of ice cold Sarsaparilla or watch Bob Daniels set his cannon on The Lorena.
"This is a six pound cannon, it’s a reproduction, it’s about 50 years old, and its about 8oz of powder. "
The civil war may be long over… But its cannons are still sounding off.