The weather kept some of the re-enactors and spectators away, but the Battle of Helena re-enactment went on as planned. The main event was the attack by Confederate troops on Fort Curtis, but there were other events as well.

Area school groups came on Friday to learn about what life was like for soldiers during the Civil War. Several stations were set up and expert presenters explained about soldiers’ equipment, medicine, living conditions and even how to tie knots.

Living historian Dr. Curt Fields portrayed Gen. U.S. Grant and made several presentations throughout the day. Field’s wife, Julia, portrayed Mrs. Grant and held a tea at the Pillow-Thompson House.

The day concluded with a period dance on the Cherry St. Pavilion.

The skirmish that was planned for Sunday was cancelled due to wet conditions in the field.