TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

Local News

September 16, 2013

Battle of B’ville this weekend

Civil War reenactment at Minton Hickory Farm

CORBIN — By Charlotte Underwood / Staff Writer

The battle lines are drawn in Knox County to celebrate the 152nd anniversary of the Battle of Barbourville, a historic event where the War Between the States claimed its first casualties on both sides in Kentucky.

The public is invited to attend the event and slip back in time to the day when 30 Barbourville Home Guards took a stand and tried to repel 800 advancing Confederate troops attempting to destroy Camp Andy Johnson, a Union recruiting camp located in the city.

The 13th annual Battle of Barbourville Civil War reenactment is slated for Sept. 21-22. The battlefield will be staged at Minton Hickory Farm, located a quarter-mile past Barbourville on KY 225 South. The gates open at 10 a.m. both days, with Saturday’s battle beginning at 2 p.m., and Sunday’s battle starting at 2 p.m. as well.

According to information provided on the event’s website page, the battle reenacts the day when the home guardsmen heard the approaching army and removed planks from the bridge leading into town, before firing their muskets into the fog and beginning the battle.

Over the past decade, the reenactment has brought thousands of visitors to the hundred acres along the Cumberland River. Many visitors come back year after year to watch the cavalry, infantry and artillery demonstrations and to see the camps set up by Confederate and Union army troops, or to buy items for sale related to the Civil War.

Ron Bowling, of Barbourville, who plays a field commander in the battles, says it’s an experience that’s breathtaking to witness.

“When people come here on the third weekend of September, they come for a lot of sights and sounds. They come to step back into 1861 and see what the armies went through. They come for the Civil War camps, the battles that we portray, and the skits we put on. They come here to see history come alive,” Bowling said.

Part of history coming alive for the two-day event includes presentations from period actors portraying historical figures. On Saturday at 1 p.m. during the Ladies Tea, Mary Todd Lincoln, portrayed by a member of Kentucky Chautauqua, part of the Kentucky Humanities Council, will speak. For both days of the event, Corbin area native Ancil Davenport will portray Abraham Lincoln and will present immediately following the battle on Saturday, according to Bowling.

“He will speak directly after the battle. He is quite a character and people will enjoy it I think,” Bowling said.

Also on Saturday night, the Period Ball will be held. There will also be fireworks, or “Night Fire,” featuring cannon fire during the nighttime, and some different presentations of persons involved in the battle.

The cost of the event is $2 per person, with children 6 and under getting in free.

The event is hosted by the 5th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry Unit Company’s “D, E & F,” which is the largest re-enactor unit in the state, with 198 active members.

If you’d like more information on this weekend’s events, call Barbourville Tourism at 606-545-9674, or go to this website: www.battleofbarbourvilleky.com.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • 18 arrested in drug roundup

    An 11-month long investigation into illegal drug activity resulted in 18 arrests Tuesday, according to Kentucky State Police Trooper Lloyd Cochran.

    July 30, 2014

  • Suspect wanted for assault

    Whitley County Sheriff’s deputies continue their search for a suspect wanted for first-degree assault after he allegedly intentionally struck a woman with his vehicle while she was walking Tuesday — and then simply drove away.

    July 30, 2014

  • Laurel service station robbed

    A Laurel County service station was robbed Tuesday and a station employee is the suspected robber, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

    July 30, 2014

  • Arrest warrant issued for 1 of 2 charged in I-75 multi-vehicle crashes

    An arrest warrant has been issued for one of two defendants charged in several 2012 multi-vehicle crashes on I-75, which caused multiple injuries.

    July 30, 2014

  • Corbin Board of Education approves improvement plan for St. Camillus site

    A big step was taken Tuesday by the Corbin Board of Education, in purchasing property and making improvements to the former Saint Camillus Academy site.

    July 30, 2014

  • TODAY'S HEADLINES — July 30, 2014

    18 arrested in drug roundup

    Suspect wanted for assault

    Laurel service station robbed

    Arrest warrant issued for 1 of 2 charged in I-75 multi-vehicle crashes

    Corbin Board of Education approves improvement plan for St. Camillus site
     

    July 30, 2014

  • I-75 lane closures Wednesday

    A reminder if you’ll be traveling on I-75 in Laurel County Wednesday — the state Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) plans to restrict northbound and southbound traffic to one lane just north of exit 29.

    July 30, 2014

  • 0729 John Waite for web.jpg John Waite to perform at NIBROC

    Grammy nominated singer John Waite has joined the 2014 NIBROC musical lineup.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0729 gray crash for web.jpg U.S. 25E intersection site of Monday crash

    A woman was transported to Baptist Health Corbin Monday following a crash at the U.S. 25E and KY-233 intersection, according to Kentucky State Police Post 10 Public Information Officer Shane Jacobs.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Laurel School nurses to stay

    The Laurel County School System will keep its school nurses for the 2014-2015 school year.

    July 29, 2014

Front page
Featured Ads
AP Video
Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter