A Confederate drummer boy runs during the reenactment of the 1862 Battle of McDowell Photo: David Allen
McDowell Battlefield Days
Presents a regiment vs. regiment re-enactment of
the May 8, 1862 Battle of McDowell--the first Confederate victory
in General "Stonewall" Jackson's brilliant Valley Campaign that
encouraged the demoralized Confederate forces. Battlefield Days
offers tours of the camps of "Confederate" and "Union" troops,
continuous portrayals of the local population's interaction with
"Union" and "Confederate" soldiers and interpretations of the lives
and culture of the landowners and farmers of the Virginia Allegheny
Highlands during the mid-19th century. The event also showcases
local arts and crafts through demonstrations of quilting, spinning,
blacksmithing, butter-churning and more. Period music and church
services lend authenticity. Project documentation includes
newsletters and promotional materials of the Highland Historical
Society (sponsor of Battlefield Days) a report, photographs,
newspaper and magazine coverage.
Originally submitted by: Bob Goodlatte, Representative (6th District).
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