Civil War enthusiasts got a first hand view of Hunter’s Calvary attacking McCausland’s troops, heard period music, the roar of cannon, the clash of swords and even a lecture on Hunter’s Raid.
Looking like a carousel horse, this piebald steed with “glass-eyes” raced toward the Union Calvary during the clash between the Confederate and Union Calvary units at the Buchanan Town Park.
Some enjoyed a sip of tea before the thunderstorms arrived. A host of antique shops, Fireside Books and many locals dressed in period costumes as re-enactors from as far away as New York came to Buchanan on Saturday for the 2nd Annual Civil War weekend. The encampment at Town Park featured Civil War period memorabilia, soldiers in camp and demonstrations of trades like a blacksmith on the grounds.
The weather was hot but otherwise perfect until around 2:30 p.m. when the first of several storms coming to Botetourt climbed towards Buchanan. The battle on the streets and on the grounds of the Town Park however had thundered all afternoon.
Mike Grimm of Buchanan remarked, “The Yankees won again. Looks like we’ve been fighting this war for 145 years and still can’t win!”
On Sunday at 9 a.m. a circuit rider will preach at the Town Park and at 2 p.m. The Battle of Buchanan will begin. Many events in between, so come on out!
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