Portrayals of Civil War luminaries, a
special presentation on balloon
observation, a variety of living
history exhibits and the re-created Battle of Richmond were highlights the Battle of Richmond Re-enactment Weekend Aug. 25-26, 2012.
More than 8,000 visitors were welcomed to his year’s event which commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Richmond, conducted Aug. 29-30, 1862.
Approximately 400 re-enactors with 12 cannons participated in the battle re-enactments both Saturday and Sunday, as well as a special re-enactment is set for Sunday morning at the Bluegrass Army Depot. The Sunday morning re-enactment was sponsored by the Army Depot and, for the first time, was conducted on Depot property where part of the actual battle took place.
Portrayals of President Abraham Lincoln, Union Gen. U.S. Grant and presentations on Civil War music, period stories and sketch artistry were held in the Camp Meeting Tent. The First Kentucky Brigade Band also performed both days and a Ladies Social took place Saturday morning. The Mt. Zion Christian Church again conducted its authentic Civil War Church Service on Sunday with a special minister portraying Berea College Founder John G. Fee and delivering the morning message.
Boy Scout troops conducted the opening ceremonies and a special Court of Honor also was conducted. With interior renovation being conducted at the Pleasant View big house, the BORA Gift Shop was open in the renovated Slave Quarters.
Living history programs took place throughout both days and a hot-air balloon exhibit featured information concerning the use of balloons as observation sources during actual battles.
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