Skirmishes on Buchanan’s Civil War weekend are worth the time to watch! file photo Cathy Benson, Botetourt View
Re-live Hunter’s 1864 Raid on the Town of Buchanan and get a taste of life in the camp, home, church and many skirmishes to witness April 26-28. Here are the activities planned for the annual event.
Buchanan Civil War History Weekend Schedule of Events is hosted by the Town of Buchanan, Buchanan Special Events Committee, Botetourt Artillery, 14th VA Cavalry Co. H Rockbridge Dragoons & Joseph W. Anderson UDC.
Friday April 26,
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Explore Living History Displays set up on the Town Park.
You are invited to sneak a peak behind the scenes. Explore living History Camps, life on the home front, Food and Cooking, Religious, Arms and Bullet Making, Camp Boredom and Prisoner of War Treatment, displays of period tents and shelter methods plus other presentations by the Botetourt Artillery, 14th VA Cavalry Co. H Rockbridge Dragoons & Joseph W. Anderson United Daughters of the Confederacy.
6:30 PM – Main Street Skirmish – Word spreads throughout the Town ofGeneral Hunter’s fiery raid on the city ofLexington and the burning of VMI. Scouts arrive in town crossing the James River to be held back by General McCausland’s troops. Witness the chaos as cavalry arrive on Main Street where fighting breaks out near the Buchanan Theatre in the heart of the business community.
Saturday, April 27, 2013 –
In addition to Civil War activities, explore Arts & Crafts and Farmer’s Market Booths set up on sidewalks along Main Street.
8:00am – 10:00am “Breakfast at the Historic Wilson Warehouse/Community House” Reenactors and the Public are invited to enjoy a hearty breakfast served in the same building that was used for shipping and receiving of goods during the Civil War, join us at421 Lowe Street. Breakfast is being served from 8:00am through 10:00am. General admission is $5 with all proceeds going towards ongoing maintenance of this historic Civil War Era structure.
10:00 am – 5pm Camps Open – Enjoy a full day of family activities. Civil War Era Camps will open in the morning and remain open throughout the day.
Special displays and reenactments highlight the life and times of the Civil War Era and life in Buchanan. Enjoy Guest Speakers, period music, costumed reenactors and Cavalry.
Watch the chaos reenacted on Main Street throughout the day as word of eminent arrival of Hunters troops, explore Sutler’s Row on the Town Park where vendors set up to sell period wares and Farmer’s Market on Main Street.
Civil War Era Music – Enjoy period music performed on the porch of Fireside Books on Main Street throughout the day. Music is being performed by 2nd Cavalry String Band led by Olin Bare.
10:00 am Opening Ceremony – As church bells ring, Reenactors and guests will be welcomed to Buchanan’s Civil War History Weekend. The Ceremony will be held at theBotetourtArtilleryMonument which is located next to the Buchanan Presbyterian Church onMain Street. Music by Olin Bare and posting of the colors by reenactors before laying a wreath in memory of the original members of the Botetourt Artillery.
11:00 a.m. “Victorian Fashion Show at UDC Pavillion” – During the Civil War, women were expected to continue dressing in the same fashion as before the war despite having limited to no income. Learn how to stretch your dollars and have a period correct outfit for your activities. Held in the UDC Pavilion on the Town Park with guest speaker Debbie Sifford.
11:15am – Main Street Robbery of town citizen.
11:30 – Main Street Skirmish – Word spreads throughout the Town of General Hunter’s fiery raid on the city of Lexington and the burning of VMI. General McCausland and his troops fight to prevent Hunter’s troops from advancing by filling the covered bridge with straw and lamp oil, setting the bridge on fire delaying the troops. Others escape to blast the hillside leading to Liberty further delaying Hunter’s Troops. Witness the chaos as citizens struggle to save their homes and stores.
2:30 p.m. General Lee – Encounter General Lee as presented by David Palmer during a living history interpretation of General Lee.
Gen. Robert E. Lee’s character come to life through “faith, family, duty and honor” as presented by David Palmer.
You will hear anecdotal accounts of Lee’s history shedding light on Lee’s nature as a husband, father, son and leader presented using the General’s own words. Located at the General’s camp on Bedford Street behind the Bank of Botetourt.
11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. – Word spreads that Hunter’s Troops are marching this way after burning VMI. Local troops prepare to burn the bridge in an effort to prevent Hunter’s troops from advancing. Witness chaos on Main Street as troops battle to secure the Town. Hunter’s Scouts ford the river upstream after McCausland and his troops has set theBuchananTurnpikeBridge on fire destroying the bridge and approximately thirty homes and businesses. Troops Fire upon the Town spreading chaos and hitting Oak Hill, home of the Boyd family.
12:00pm – Bob Morgan – Witness the arrest of Sgt. Bob Morgan a confederate soldier on Main Street near Town Hall. A soldier from southwest Virginia, Morgan fought under the command of General Jubal Early.
12:00 p.m. Civil War Era Jewelry – Learn about 1800’s jewelry during a presentation by guest speaker Diane DiPalma with an emphasis on cameos. Enjoy viewing authentic pieces covering almost 100 years of history.
2:00pm In the footsteps of the Botetourt Artillery – The Buchanan Movie Theater will feature a photographic history presentation by Dan Phelps and John Manspile on the Botetourt Artillery’s involvement in the battle of Vicksburg, MS. The Federal Army was unable to take the city of Vicksburg by force due in part by the actions of the Botetourt Artillery. After a 47 day siege on July 3, 1863 Confederate General Pemberton surrendered to General Grant. Learn why the Botetourt Artillery would be awarded the first Confederate Monument in a park containing over 1,300 monuments. Photos will include original and recreated period photos of the units’ actual position on the battlefields. The presentation will end with a 4 minute music video that will be sure to surprise.
4:00 p.m. Battle of Buchanan – See the flash, smell the smoke and witness the reenactment of Confederate General McCausland and his confederate troops fighting to delay Union General Hunters fiery Raid of the Valley. As Hunter’s troops ford the river upstream, McCausland troops hold their ground. As the BuchananTurnpikeBridge burns destroying approximately thirty homes and businesses, troops blast the mountainside blocking passage along the ridge road leading from Buchanan toLiberty. Purchase a chance to fire a Cannon!
7:00 PM – Buchanan Rotary & Town Improvement Society Bluegrass Concert – Members of the Buchanan Rotary invites families to the Buchanan Theatre on Main Street for a concert featuring 2 bands. Admission $10, Children $5. www.buchananrotary.org
8:00pm Camp Dance on Town Park – Enjoy taking part in, or, just watching as musicians play period music and everyone gathers for a camp dance on the Town Park at the UDC Pavillion.
Enjoy the performance of Civil War era tunes performed by local musicians. The Joseph W. Anderson United Daughters of the Confederacy will be serving refreshments. Come in period costume, or, just as you are. There will be a mix of called dances and uncalled dances.
Light refreshments served. Free Admission, everyone invited to participate, or, just enjoy watching activities.
Sunday, April 28
8:00am – 10:00am “Breakfast at the Historic Wilson Warehouse/Community House” – Reenactors and the Public are invited to enjoy a hearty breakfast served in the same building that was used for shipping and receiving of goods during the Civil War, join us at 421 Lowe Street.
Breakfast is being served from 8:00am through 10:00am. General admission is $5 with all proceeds going towards ongoing maintenance of this historic Civil War Era structure.
9:00 am Camp Church Services – Public Invited! Experience a period church service as Rev. Sturnivant portrays a 19th century, back county circuit rider at the UDC Pavilion on the Town Park. Experience a glimpse of the role of religion in the Civil War while witnessing a firsthand reenactment of troop services.
Following Church Service – Bob Morgan – Witness the arrest of Sgt. Bob Morgan a confederate soldier at the UDC Pavilion on the Town Park. A soldier from southwest Virginia, Morgan fought under the command of General Jubal Early
1:30 pm Battle Of Buchanan – See the flash, smell the smoke and feel cannons roar as reenact the June 13, 1864 Battle of Buchanan. Union troops gathered on the North bank of the James River in Pattonsburg while Confederate troops delayed Hunter’s arrival with the firing of the Covered Bridge and battle response from Oak Hill. Battle to take place on the Buchanan Town Park. Admission by donation.