First Friday goes historic

DALLAS -- Dallas First Friday organizers are trying something a little different this month. Civil War re-enactors will be present, in full costume, to discuss their experiences as historical actors a



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Civil War historians Mark Stevens and David Breeden will entertain at the First Friday downtown art event at 7 p.m. on Aug. 3. Above: a historical photo of a Union soldier.

DALLAS -- Dallas First Friday organizers are trying something a little different this month. Civil War re-enactors will be present, in full costume, to discuss their experiences as historical actors and talk about the Civil War in general.

David Breeden and Mark Stevens each represent a side of the war - Breeden is of the South and Stevens is of the North. Both men have spent years studying the Civil War and re-enacting live battles for the public.

Breeden has appeared as a movie extra and even performed before the British royal family. The former Dallas High School teacher is a part of the First Oregon Volunteers for the South, a unit of the Confederate Army.

"It was a real honor to greet Her Majesty the Queen, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Princess Alice and Prince Andrew," Breeden said. He has also met Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, U.S. military commander in the 1990-91 Gulf War.

Meanwhile, Stevens fights for the Union Army as a member of the Massachusetts and Pennsylvania units. He and Breeden will be on hand beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, at the PEARL Gallery and Event Center on Main Street in Dallas.

As always during First Friday events, food and beverages will be available and local artists will display their work. For more information: 503-831-1341.



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