camp wildcat

Reenactors portray Union soldiers chasing off attacking Confederates atop Wildcat Mountain in this photo from the Battle of Camp Wildcat reenactment last year. This year’s event is this weekend.

The Civil War Battle of Camp Wildcat will be marked at 10 a.m. Saturday and again Sunday with the opening of would-be Civil War soldiers’ tents and campsites to the public.

In the battle of Monday, Oct. 21, 1861, Union soldiers, encamping on Wildcat Mountain about nine miles north of London, repelled Confederate soldiers in their attempt to take over control of the Wilderness Road.

The 20th reenactment of the battle will begin at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

At 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Bob Coffey as President Lincoln will appear at the site to speak to the soldiers and civilians in the area. Coffey will also portray Lincoln at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, when constituents can meet him and discuss the problems of wartime, or ask about Mary Todd and the boys.

At 12:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday, portrayers of Civil War era physicians will present medical demonstrations at a tent near the battlefield. Also at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Mary Zoll will tell stories and recite poetry in a tent outside the barn at the site.

Following that at 1 p.m. Saturday, the Laurel Home Guard ladies will host a “Ladies Tea and Social Hour.”

The camp closes to the public at 4 p.m. Saturday and at 4:30 p.m. a memorial service will be conducted at the actual site of the battle atop Wildcat Mountain.

Sunday morning will continue with a period religious service at the barn at 10:30 a.m.

The “Swap, Shop and Trade Meet” will begin at 11:30 a.m. At noon, the Cavalry competition will begin on the field.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, the Battle of London, a skirmish that interrupted Sunday, Aug. 17, 1862, will be portrayed at the Camp Wildcat site.

At 3:30 p.m. Sunday, drawings for raffle winners will be held. Ticket holders need not be present to win.

And at 4 p.m. the site will close until the 149th anniversary of the battle.

To reach the site, take I-75 to exit 49. Exit and head east on KY 909 to U.S. 25. Turn right on U.S. 25 and left on Hazel Patch Road. The site is just past the railroad crossing. Signs will direct visitors to the encampment.

For more information, visit www.wildcatreenactment.org.



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