Huntington, W.Va. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Burnsville Lake will host a “Living History Event” commemorating the Civil War Battle of Bulltown at the Bulltown Historical Area, Fort and Battlefield in Napier, W.Va., on Friday, Oct. 10, Saturday, Oct. 11, and Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014.
The reenactment begins Friday, Oct. 10, with presentations for visiting schools from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
On Saturday, Oct. 11, living historians will be performing soldier drills, artillery demonstrations, and providing information about the camp life of Civil War soldiers who were at Bulltown. 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 candlelight walk and ceremony at the unknown Confederate cemetery honoring both Federals and Confederates on Saturday at 7 p.m. All parking and events are free.
On Sunday, Oct. 12, camps will open to visitors from 9 a.m. until noon. Drill and artillery programs will be held from 1:30 until 3:30 p.m. There will be a spectator area provided and staffed by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and representatives during the afternoon programs. All parking and events are free.
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 Oct. 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 national military park sites such as Chickamauga and Gettysburg), and it is the responsibility of all participants and visitors to preserve and protect it for posterity. The living historians are all charged with providing visitors with a positive, safe, learning experience while keeping historic accuracy in-mind.
The living historian volunteers 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 who were affected (especially the Cunningham family whose farm was occupied).
Schedule of Events
Friday: 10:00 – 5:00 p.m. School day
Saturday: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Camps open for visitors
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Infantry drill and maneuvers
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Light artillery drill and maneuvers
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Infantry drill and maneuvers
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Light artillery drill and maneuvers
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Camps open for visitors
7:00 - 8:00 p.m. 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 p.m. Infantry drill and maneuvers
2:30—3:30 p.m. Light artillery drill and maneuvers
For more information, contact the Burnsville Lake Office at 304-853-2371 or the Public Affairs office at 304-399-5353.