annual commemoration of the April 16, 1865, Battle of West Point
is held at the
reconstructed Fort Tyler off Sixth Avenue in West Point, Ga.
The commemoration weekend begins with a
military ball featuring period dance and music on Friday evening. Living history demonstrations begin Saturday
morning and conclude
with a candlelight memorial service that evening. Admission to all
events is free.
Re-enactments give us a picture of daily life and clothing of that
period. Members of Company G, 2nd Georgia Infantry, the Columbus
Guards and the West Point Living History group participate in this manner.
You can get to Fort Tyler from
Interstate 85. Take the West Point exit and travel west on US
29. Turn north on
Third Avenue, then west on 10th Street, and north again on Sixth Avenue.
The park is one block up on the left.
The Civil War
re-enactors commemorating the battle of Fort Tyler in West
Point won't be re-enacting the battle.
With good reason:
The reconstructed Confederate fort sits snugly atop a rise amid prime real
estate. There's no room for massive troop movements, no buffer to muffle
Signs at the site
off Sixth Avenue tell Fort Tyler's tale in great detail, so maybe
re-enacting the battle would be as unnecessary as enacting it.