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The Battle of Bulltown 2014

Living History event

October 10-12, 2014


Bulltown Historic Area, Fort, and Battlefield
Burnsville Lake Project
Napier, West Virginia

Event Sponsor and Coordinator
Huntington District—Burnsville Lake

U. S. Army Corps of Engineers

Overview

The Bulltown Historical Area contains an original battlefield site (which includes a Federal fort area with original trenches) under Federal law protection.  This was the site of the Battle of Bulltown which occurred on October 13, 1863 and the Federal occupation which occurred from 1861-1865.  The property is on the Burnsville Lake project which is under the authority and control of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (part of the Huntington District and unique in the Corps project system).  This is “Hallowed Ground” (in the same vein as National Park Service battlefield sites such as Chickamauga and Gettysburg), and it is all our responsibility to preserve and protect it for posterity.  We are all charged with providing all participants and visitors with a positive, safe, learning experience while keeping historic accuracy in-mind.  We are all also charged with “Keeping Green” and “Honoring with Dignity” the memory of all the soldiers who fought here, those soldiers who were here during the duration of the fort’s occupation (1861-1865), and of all the civilians (especially the Cunningham family whose farm was occupied) who were affected.

Schedule of Events

Saturday

Camps will open to visitors from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. and from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.  There will be a spectator area provided and staffed by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and representatives during the programs.  Also, there will be a candle-light walk and ceremony at the unknown Confederate cemetery on Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m. honoring both Federals and Confederates.

Sunday

Camps will open to visitors from 9 a.m. until 3 pm.  There will be a spectator area provided and staffed by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and representatives during the afternoon programs.

 

Friday: 10:00—5:00 pm School day
  3:00—8:00 pm Registration
Saturday: 8:00—10:00 am

Registration

  9:00—11:00 am Camps open for visitors
  11:30 am—12:30 pm Infantry drill and maneuvers
  1:00--2:00 pm Light artillery drill and maneuvers
  2:30--3:30 pm Infantry drill and maneuvers
  4:00--5:00 pm Light artillery drill and maneuvers
  5:30—6:30 pm Camps open for visitors
  7:00--8:00 pm Memorial service (walk to cemetery—starting at Confederate Overlook parking lot)
Sunday:  9:00 a.m.—noon Camps open for visitors
   1:00—2:00 pm Infantry drill and maneuvers
   2:30—3:30 pm Light artillery drill and maneuvers

How To Find Us

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Directions

If traveling north on Interstate 79:

  • Exit from Interstate 79 at Flatwoods Exit (Exit 67).
  • Turn Right at the intersection after exit ramp.
  • At the traffic light, turn Left on US 19 North.
  • Travel approximately 10 miles, through the community of Napier and across the Little Kanawha River (Burnsville Lake).
  • Look for a sign reads Bulltown Campground/Historical Area (Millstone Road) on the left.
  • Turn Left, and travel approximately 1 mile and take the first Left.
  • Go to the top of the bank, and take the next Left into the Historical Area parking lot.

 If traveling south on Interstate 79:

  • Exit from Interstate 79 at Roanoke Exit (Exit 91).
  • Turn Right on US 19 South.
  • Travel approximately 29 miles through the community of Falls Mill.
  • Look for a sign that reads Bulltown Campground/Historical Area (Millstone Road) on the right.
  • Turn Right, and travel approximately 1 mile and take the first Left.
  • Got to the top of the bank, and take the next Left into the Historical Area parking lot.

 

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