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Hurricane Civil War Weekend begins

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Mar. 20, 2013 @ 10:39 PM

HURRICANE -- Hurricane Civil War Weekend kicks off Thursday, March 21, and runs through Sunday, March 24, at Valley Park in Hurricane.

Known for its night cannon firing, horse-drawn wagon rides, military ball and ladies tea, Hurricane's Civil War Weekend will also include a replica of the 1863-built Confederate submarine the H.L. Hunley, which was the first submarine to sink an enemy ship. The replica was built by John Dangerfield of Charleston, S.C., and friends.

The Hunley will be on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, which is the same time that the camps are open for the public to wander through to talk to the bevy of re-enactors who come from around the region for the event.

Friday night highlights include an historical remembrance play at 8 p.m., followed by the night artillery firing at 9 p.m.

On Saturday, There will be horse-drawn wagon rides from noon to 4 p.m., presentations by Abe Lincoln and Robert E. Lee (The Commons) at 1 p.m., and the battle re-enactment at 2 p.m. That's followed by a ladies tea at 3 p.m., and a presentation by Stonewall Jackson at 4 p.m.

Sunday events run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and include a period church service at 10:30 a.m., as well as horse draw wagon rides from noon to 4 p.m., and the battle re-enactment at 2 p.m.

Call 304-562-0518, Ext. 10 or 11, or visit www.civilwardayswv.com for the complete schedule and more information about Hurricane, which commemorates two engagements of the Civil War, the Battle of Scary Creek and the skirmish at Hurricane Bridge, separated by a space of several years.

Here's a look at the full schedule:

Thursday, March 21

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. School Visits (reservations required)

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. H.L. Hunley Display

6 p.m. Dinner and Presentation with Abe Lincoln

Friday, March 22

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. School Visits (Reservations Required)

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. H.L. Hunley Display

11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Registration (The Commons)

6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Hurricane Civic Chorus Concert-- (The Commons)

8 p.m. Historical Remembrance Play (Community Center)

9 p.m. Artillery Night Firing

10 p.m. All Quiet in Camp

Saturday, March 23

6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration (The Commons)

7 to 8:30 a.m. Breakfast for Troops (The Commons)

8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Commander Meeting

9 a.m. Colors (Raising Flags)

Saturday, March 23

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Camps open to Public and H.L. Hunley Display

11 a.m. Memorial Service by United Daughters of the Confederacy 150 (The Commons)

Noon to 4 p.m. Horse Drawn Wagon Rides

1 to 2 p.m. Presentation by Abe Lincoln and Robert E. Lee (The Commons)

2 to 3 p.m. Battle Re-enactment- Scary Creek

3 to 4 p.m. Ladies Tea (limited tickets)

4 to 5 p.m. Presentation by Stonewall Jackson

5 p.m. Camp Closes to Public

5 to 6 p.m. Dinner for Troops

7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Military Ball

10 p.m. All quiet in camp

Sunday, March 24

7 to 8:30 a.m. Breakfast for Troops (The Commons)

9 a.m. Colors (Raising Flags)

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Camps/Sutlers open to public and H.L. Hunley Display

9:30 a.m. Dress Parade/Company Drills

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Period Church Service (The Commons)

Noon to 4 p.m. Horse Drawn Wagon Rides

1 p.m. Officers Call

2 p.m. Battle re-enactment - Hurricane Bridge

4 p.m. Break Camp/Closed to Public.

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