Civil War Muster

Holland, Michigan – To arms! To arms! Your country is calling. Holland Museum will host the 6th Annual Civil War Muster at the historic Van Raalte Farm in Holland, Michigan on September 20 and 21, 2014. All ages are invited to attend this free event with two days of music, impressions of historical figures, performances, Crafter's Alley, medical scenarios, period-style vendors and battles. The Battle of Atlanta and Battle of Utoy Creek will be reenacted this year.

"Our annual Muster event has become a staple in the Holland community and we are pleased to continue receiving the necessary support to host it," said Chris Shires, Holland Museum Executive Director. "Each year we are amazed at the turnout and positive reception from the community and the overall enjoyment of the event."

In the Battle of Utoy Creek, the 25th Michigan joined the battle and Holland's own Benjamin Van Raalte was a member of that regiment as were most Hollanders who fought in the war. During battle, the regiment was devastated and lost their flag. That night, Van Raalte crawled onto the battlefield and retrieved the flag from very dangerous territory and was nominated for the Congressional Medal of Honor. After the war, Van Raalte returned to Holland to live on the land where the Muster is now held.

"With the inclusion of the Battle of Utoy Creek and Benjamin Van Raalte, we have the opportunity to commemorate an influential Holland citizen and the heroic acts that he performed during that battle," adds Shires.

This is the sixth year the Muster has taken place at the Van Raalte Farm. Around 150 reenactors will participate along with more than 3,000 visitors throughout the weekend activities. The event is very family friendly, but attendees are warned that some noises can be relatively loud.

There will be two scenarios depicting two important and separate parts of each day's battle. The first battle is the Battle of Atlanta that was fought in 1864 just southeast of Atlanta, Georgia. This battle ultimately led to the union overtaking the confederate troops and the city of Atlanta. The second battle depicted is the Battle of Utoy Creek. Utoy Creek was part of the Siege of Atlanta.

Visitors' parking is available for free at the Johnson Controls parking lot on 24th St., just east of the corner of 24th and Waverly. All visitors must park there. Free shuttle buses will transport visitors to and from Van Raalte Farm. Additional information is available at the website at

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