There are few Civil War battlefields left intact today as time and encroachment from subdivisions and developments have taken many of the most important sites. The land designated for the re-enactment of the Battle of Richmond is unique in that the Battle of Richmond Association (BORA) enables you to experience a re-enactment on a portion of the original battlefield that is relatively unchanged since the dates of the conflict, Aug. 29-30, 1862.
Over 300 reenactors, settlers, and several spectators filled Battlefield Memorial Park to take part in the rememberance and history of a battle thought to be the largest victory for the Confederates during the Civil War.
Temperatures for the weekend were in the mid eighties, quite a bit milder than usual for this time of year, which made it more comfortable for the reenactors than the 100 degree temperatures felt in 1862. Reenactors traveled several hundred miles to attend the battle, some from out of state. Shannon Jeffries, who portrayed a Confederate commander, drove from western, Ky and has been re-enacting for eight years. “Theres nothing like it, and its an honor to always return to Richmond, KY where this organization provides such hospitality.” he said. “You get to honor your ancestors, educate the spectators, and meet new reenactors with the same interest.” Jeffries started a re-enactment group two years ago, the 6th Kentucky Infantry Company C, with just himself and a friend. The group has grown to about 30 participants and they travel once a month April through October to participate in numerous re-enactments throughout the state of Kentucky.
Another interesting feature at this years Battle of Richmond Re-enactment was The Kentucky Educational Television Network, which was on site the entire day filming footage and interviewing several reenactors. Their plans are to air the re-enactment sometime in February 2012, said Paul Smith, producer and director for the network.
The network has taped other Civil War battle re-enactments, but not the Battle of Richmond at Battlefield Memorial Park. Battle of Richmond Association President, Paula White expressed her sincere appreciation in the Television Networks efforts to help publicize the true history whichs lies here in Madison County.
The Battle of Richmond Reenactment is a free event for the public, although they do accept donations. All proceeds go to the Battle of Richmond Association which provides funding for much needed supplies and educational material for the public. The Battle of Richmond Association encourages you to become a member and help continue to preserve the history values. For more information contact BORA President, Paula White; Phil Seyfreit or Paul Rominger at 859-624-0013 or feel free to stop in the Madison County Visitor””s Center at 101 Battlefield Memorial Highway, I-75 Exit 83 in Richmond, KY.
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Photos & Story by: Rhonda McIntyre