East Texans celebrated our rich history today with a Civil War re-enactment at Camp Ford. Originally a training camp, Camp Ford became the largest Confederate prisoner of war camp west of the Mississippi River.
Re-enactors from Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana came together to relive the history of the camp. Re-enactors say Tyler played a big role in the Civil War. "We had an ordinance factory here," said Johnnie Holley of James P. Douglas Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans. "They loaded ammunition. They had a rifle manufacturing operation where they made rifles. Up here had a facility where they made medicine and rolled up bandages and shipped them. A lot of commerce came through Tyler in the war between the states."
The Living History Weekend continues tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Camp Ford Historic Park. It's located on Highway 271 in Northeast Tyler. Admission is free.