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Burnsville Lake Hosts Civil War Reenactment and Living History

Published Sept. 30, 2013

Huntington, W.Va. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Burnsville Lake in Burnsville, W.Va., will host two special events: a Civil War reenactment on the weekend of Oct. 13, 2013, and a Living History event about the Battle of Bulltown on the weekend of Oct. 20.


The reenactment will observe the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Bulltown. That battle took place on Oct. 13,  1863, as the reinforced camp of Federals was attacked at dawn by a Confederate force of cavalry. The West Virginian Federal troops occupied their makeshift earthworks and returned fire - some still in their night clothing - to repulse the attack. The battle was significant in securing West Virginia for the Union along with controlling the nearby Weston and Gauley Bridge Turnpike. All camps will be open for public inspection from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The traditional re-enactment will occur Sunday at 2 p.m. and will last approximately an hour. The event is free to the public. 


The following weekend Burnsville Lake will host a Living History commemorating the Battle of Bulltown. The event will feature progressive Confederate and Federal reenactors along with civilian living history impressions and demonstrations. The uniforms, clothing, equipment and mannerisms are representative of the 1863 time period in West Virginia. On Oct. 18 there will be living history programs for school and youth groups from noon to 3 p.m. On Oct. 19 at 4:30 a.m., Confederate living historians will attack the fort garrisoned by Federal living historians, recreating the events that unfolded during the actual battle. Visitors will be allowed to enter the battle lines during the truce periods.  Living historians will escort visitors throughout the day. The event will conclude at 4 p.m., and camps will be open for public inspection until 6 p.m. There will be a period church service at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Camps will also be open until noon. The event is free to the public.


For more information about either event, call Tommy Smith, U. S. Park Ranger (Interpretation) at 304-452-8170 or 304-853-2371 or by email at:, or visit the website:
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Release no. PA13-58