First State Heritage Park will host “Better Angels: Red Honors,” a historic theater event that follows the lives of Delawareans who fought and died during the Civil War, at 11 a.m. and 1, 3 and 5 p.m. Oct. 7 on The Green in Dover.
The theater event will examine the experiences of women, Confederate soldiers, members of the U.S. Colored Troops, as well as the lives of the 4th Delaware Volunteer Infantry. This regiment was comprised of Delawareans from the three counties, and included Quaker Soldiers, doctors, even “Galvanized Yankees” — Confederate soldiers who chose to fight for the Union rather than languish in a prisoner of war prison. Red Honors follows the 4th Delaware on the eve of June 18, 1864.
Drama students at Caesar Rodney High School will portray the characters, presenting a diverse group of Delawareans in the Civil War including African-American soldiers, women in wartime and men fighting for the Union and for the Confederacy.
Audiences will experience the lives of these soldiers in this intimate outdoor setting. Performances are about 45 minutes long. Tickets are free; reservations recommended.
For reservations and more, call 739-9194.