Buchanan Civil War History Weekend Schedule of Events
Hosted by the Town of Buchanan,
Botetourt Artillery, 14th VA Cavalry Co. H Rockbridge Dragoons &
Joseph W. Anderson UDC
PROPOSED SCHEDULE – Subject to change
Friday, April 25, 2014
You are invited to sneak a peak behind the scenes. Explore living History Camps, life on the home front, Food and Cooking, Religious, Arms and Bullet Making, Camp Boredom and Prisoner of War Treatment, displays of period tents and shelter methods plus other presentations by the Botetourt Artillery, 14th VA Cavalry Co. H Rockbridge Dragoons & Joseph W. Anderson United Daughters of the Confederacy.
7:00 PM – Main Street Skirmish – Word spreads throughout the Town ofGeneral Hunter’s fiery raid on the city ofLexington and the burning of VMI. Scouts arrive in town crossing theJames River to be held back by General McCausland’s troops. Witness the chaos as cavalry arrive onMain Street where fighting breaks out near the Buchanan Theatre in the heart of the business community.
7:30 pm – Buchanan Theatre – Showing of The Horse Soldiers a 1959 adventure movie where a doctor who buts heads with the commander of a Union Calvary unit marching behind Confederate lines to reach Baton Rouge. Stars William Holden and John Wayne. Shows on Friday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, April 27 at 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 26, 2014 – In addition to Civil War activities, explore Arts & Crafts and Farmer’s Market Booths set up on sidewalks along Main Street.
8:00am – 10:00am “Breakfast at the Historic Wilson Warehouse/ Community House” Reenactors and the Public are invited to enjoy a hearty breakfast served in the same building used for shipping and receiving of goods during the Civil War, located at 421 Lowe Street. Breakfast is served from 8:00am through 10:00am. Admission is $5 with all proceeds going towards ongoing maintenance of this historic Civil War Era structure.
Special displays and reenactments highlight the life and times of the Civil War Era and life in Buchanan. Enjoy Guest Speakers, period music, costumed reenactors and Cavalry.
Watch the chaos reenacted on Main Street throughout the day as word of eminent arrival of Hunters troops, explore Sutler’s Row on the Town Park where vendors set up to sell period wares and Farmer’s Market on Main Street.
10:00 am Opening Ceremony – As church bells ring, Reenactors and guests will be welcomed to Buchanan’s Civil War History Weekend. The Ceremony will be held at the Buchanan Bicentennial Gazebo on the Town Park on Lowe Street. Music by Olin Bare and posting of the colors by reenactors before laying a wreath in memory of the original members of the Botetourt Artillery.
11:00 a.m. “Victorian Fashion Show at UDC Pavillion” – During the Civil War, women were expected to continue dressing in the same fashion as before the war despite having limited to no income. Learn how to stretch your dollars and have a period correct outfit for your activities. Held in the UDC Pavilion on the Town Park with guest speaker Debbie Sifford.
11:30 am – Main Street Skit Robbery of town citizen.
11:30 & 1:30 pm – “Main Street Chaos” – Word spreads throughout the Town of General Hunter’s fiery raid on the city of Lexington and the burning of VMI. General McCausland and his troops fight to prevent Hunter’s troops from advancing by filling the covered bridge with straw and lamp oil, setting the bridge on fire delaying the troops. Others escape to blast the hillside leading toLiberty further delaying Hunter’s Troops. Witness the chaos as citizens struggle to save their homes and stores.
12:00pm – Bob Morgan – Witness the arrest of Sgt. Bob Morgan a confederate soldier on Main Street near Town Hall. A soldier from southwest Virginia, Morgan fought under the command of General Jubal Early.
12:00 p.m. Civil War Era Jewelry – Learn about 1800’s jewelry during a presentation by guest speaker Diane DiPalma with an emphasis on cameos. Enjoy viewing authentic pieces covering almost 100 years of history at Purgatory Emporium on Main Street.
Gen. Robert E. Lee’s character comes to life through “faith, family, duty and honor” as presented by David Palmer. You will hear anecdotal accounts of Lee’s history shedding light on Lee’s nature as a husband, father, son and leader presented using the General’s own words. This presentation will be located in the historic Wilson Warehouse on Lowe Street next to the Town Park.
12:30 p.m. “Mrs. Jefferson (Varina) Davis What it means to be a southern lady” – During the strife of war, the order of etiquette helped to hold society together. During this presentation learn about the early Victorian period. The presentation is free. Presentation will be in the UDC Pavilion on the Town Park.
12:30pm – Main Street – Yankee go home!
12:45 pm – Main Street – Last supplies stolen to feed soldiers.
1:30 pm – “Main Street Chaos”
Gen. Robert E. Lee’s character come to life through “faith, family, duty and honor” as presented by David Palmer.
You will hear anecdotal accounts of Lee’s history shedding light on Lee’s nature as a husband, father, son and leader presented using the General’s own words. This presentation will be located in the historic Wilson Warehouse on Lowe Street next to the Town Park.
2:00pm Botetourt’s Pig Iron and the Confederacy - The Buchanan Movie Theater will feature a photographic history presentation by Dan Phelps and John Manspile on the Etna Furnace located at Greyledge in Buchanan. The furnace was owned by William Weaver and blown up by General Hunter’s troops during the War. The Charcoal Furnace, Owned by Wm. Weaver, and managed by Charles K. Gorgas, and W.W. Rex, of Pattonsburg, is situated on Purgatory Creek. The original furnace was built in 1792, and rebuilt in 1842. It is 9 feet across the bosh by about 35 feet high, and made in twenty two weeks of 1856. The Furnace produced 700 tons of metal out of brown hematite ore from Retreat bank located six miles by wagon road, ten miles by railroad, distant to the north, was mixed with “lump” ore from a bank three hundred yards west of furnace.” The property consisted of many mines finished products were shipped to Tredegar Iron Works in Richmond, Virginia.
4:00 p.m. Battle of Buchanan – See the flash, smell the smoke and witness the reenactment of Confederate General McCausland and his confederate troops fighting to delay Union General Hunters fiery Raid of the Valley. As Hunter’s troops ford the river upstream, McCausland troops hold their ground. As the BuchananTurnpikeBridge burns destroying approximately thirty homes and businesses, troops blast the mountainside blocking passage along the ridge road leading from Buchanan toLiberty. Purchase a chance to fire a Cannon!
7:30 PM – Buchanan Rotary & Town Improvement Society Bluegrass Concert – Members of the Buchanan Rotary invites families to the Buchanan Theatre on Main Street for a concert featuring Plank Road Express. Admission $10. www.buchananrotary.org
Enjoy the performance of Civil War era tunes performed by local musicians. The Joseph W. Anderson United Daughters of the Confederacy will be serving refreshments. Come in period costume, or, just as you are. There will be a mix of called dances and uncalled dances.
Light refreshments served. Free Admission, everyone invited to participate, or, just enjoy watching activities.
Sunday, April 27, 2014
8:00am – 10:00am “Breakfast at the Historic Wilson Warehouse/Community House” – Reenactors and the Public are invited to enjoy a hearty breakfast served in the same building that was used for shipping and receiving of goods during the Civil War, join us at 421 Lowe Street.
Breakfast is being served from 8:00am through 10:00am. General admission is $5 with all proceeds going towards ongoing maintenance of this historic Civil War Era structure.
9:00 am Camp Church Services – Public Invited! Experience a period church service where Chaplain Scott Sturdivant portrays a 19th century, back county circuit rider. Service will be held at the UDC Pavilion on the Town Park. Experience a glimpse of the role of religion in the Civil War while witnessing a firsthand reenactment of troop services.
Following Church Service – Bob Morgan – Witness the arrest of Sgt. Bob Morgan a confederate soldier at the UDC Pavilion on the Town Park. A soldier from southwest Virginia, Morgan fought under the command of General Jubal Early
1:30 pm Battle Of Buchanan – See the flash, smell the smoke and feel cannons roar as reenact the June 13, 1864 Battle of Buchanan. Union troops gathered on the North bank of the James River in Pattonsburg while Confederate troops delayed Hunter’s arrival with the firing of the Covered Bridge and battle response from Oak Hill. Battle to take place on the Buchanan Town Park. Admission by donation.
3:00 pm – Buchanan Theatre – Showing of The Horse Soldiers a 1959 adventure movie where a doctor who buts heads with the commander of a Union Calvary unit marching behind Confederate lines to reach Baton Rouge. Stars William Holden and John Wayne. Shows on Friday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, April 27 at 3 p.m.