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‘Abe Lincoln’ will visit Leatherwood this weekend

The Battle of Leatherwood and Kentucky Chautauqua will present “Abraham Lincoln: I too, am a Kentuckian” at 11 a.m. this Saturday (October 27) on the Civil War battlefield in Cornettsville — near the Letcher-Perry county line — in the big tent.

The “Battle of Leatherwood” Civil War reenactment will take place on the original battlefield in Cornettsville on October 26, 27 and 28. Originally called Brashearville, this was the site of Brashear’s Salt Works, a general store, and the second post office in Perry County. A Civil War battle took place there on October 19, 1862 when Union forces from the Harlan County Battalion attacked the Confederates guarding the salt works. It is now a Perry County park.

A replica of The Hunley, a Confederate submarine, is among the features of this year’s event. The Hunley was the first submarine to sink an enemy warship and is a very popular exhibit. Doors open to allow viewing of the interior.

All events at the Battle of Leatherwood are free and open to the public, including the visit with President Lincoln.

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