Whitesburg KY

Civil War battle to be reenacted

A reenactment of the Battle of Leatherwood will take place Oct. 26-28, on its 145th anniversary. The event will feature Civil War re-enactors, and a battle both Saturday and Sunday. It will also feature period music, a living history village, and a Heritage Ball. Friday is reserved as a special day for school children.

The events are all free and open to the public. The kickoff will be on Saturday at 9 a.m. when the camps open to the public. There will be demonstrations throughout the day, an opportunity to ‘meet the generals’ at 10 a.m., ladies’ tea at 11 a.m., followed by a presidential debate at noon. The main event takes center stage at 2 p.m. with the re-enactment of the Battle of Leatherwood. The battle will be followed by a Heritage Ball at Stuart Robinson Campus in Letcher at 7 p.m. Civil War music will be performed by Mary and Frank James of Tennessee. All are invited to participate in the dances of the period.

The action wraps up on Sunday, Oct. 28, with the camps opening at 9 a.m. A church service will be held at 10 a.m. and a presidential debate will take place at noon. The Battle of Leatherwood will be held at 2 p.m.

The reenactment will take place across the creek from Leatherwood Blackey Health Clinic. Sutlers (merchants selling period provisions), food booths and other merchants will be on site. Attendees can visit the welcome booth near the outdoor pavilion for more information. Also on site is the beginning of an 1860s-era village known as Brashearsville.

Activities on Friday, October 26, are reserved for school children. This will include special Education Day events beginning at 9 a.m. Teachers can get more information about the activities or reserve a space for their class by calling Education Day Coordinator John Peck at (606) 675- 6741 or email him at johnpeck@setel.com. For information regarding the reenactment, contact Chairman Gary Begley at 606-438-0494 (cell) or 606-476-8338 (home) or garynbegley@yahoo.com.

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