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Several Civil War commemoration events to take place

Sep. 22, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

IRONTON -- The music of the Civil War will come marching into Ironton on Monday, Sept.23.

The Lawrence County 150th Anniversary of the Civil War Commemoration group has scheduled the Ohio University Community Band directed by Pat McCoy.

They'll be performing Music of the Civil War with the tunes starting at 6 p.m. followed by McCoy talking about the important role of music during the Civil War.

The event is at the OUS Campus & Community Center; admission is free and is open to the public.

At 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14 retired history professor Bob Leith will be speaking on the military battles and campaigns from the Fort Sumter up until the end of 1863. That presentation will be at the Burlington Baptist Church, 7309 County Road 1, South Point. There's free admission and open to everyone.

The Lawrence Country Civil War Commemoration group is receptive to all ideas about presentations, activities and events. Send your ideas or thoughts to thetravelprofessor@gmail.com or call 740-550-9540.

Chief Logan's Rebellion In the Hills

LOGAN, W.Va. - President Lincoln speaks from the train, battles are re-enacted, dancers have an evening, and a war surgeon interpreter amputates a leg as part of weekend activities, demonstrations and interpretive programs at Chief Logan State Park Sept. 28-29.

Rebellion in the Hills is the weekend theme and all events are open to the public free of charge. The 2013 re-enactment is dedicated to the memory of Lettie Brescoach for her years of service and dedication to this annual event.

Run by the Lincoln County-based West August Volunteers, the living history event will run 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with battle re-enactments, hayrides, a Civil War dance under the stars, Civil War church service, children's activities, including sack races, tug-of-war, quilters' activities, face painting and other age-appropriate outdoor events and much more.

Working from a 19th century covered wagon, using a giant bellow forge, the West Augusta Volunteers will present blacksmithing, including the art of button casting, bullet and blade making and camp ware fabrication.

Red Dog Monroe will present cast iron cooking as well as other frontier skills such as fire making from flint and steel, fur trapping and processing, and camp life during the Civil War era.

More information is available by calling 304-792-7229 or online at www.chiefloganstatepark.com.

Kentucky's largest battle

PERRYVILLE, Ky. - Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site will commemorate the anniversary of the largest Civil War battle in Kentucky during the weekend of Oct. 5-6.

The weekend will include military demonstrations at 2 p.m. both days. The weekend also includes numerous speakers, living history interpreters, interaction with the soldiers in camp life demonstrations, antique and period vendors, and food vendors. There will be a special program on the "Life of the Soldier," focusing on camp life.

The park's museum will also have artifacts on display, as well as an exhibit called the "Hard Hand of War," which will feature the artifacts of Dr. Robert McMeens, the regimental surgeon of the 3rd Ohio Infantry. He literally worked himself to death and died Oct. 28, 1862, in Perryville. The museum will display his personal effects, including his surgical instruments, which have not been in Perryville since 1862. At Perryville, located 45 miles southwest of Lexington, thousands of soldiers were engaged in a desperate battle that left nearly 7,500 men killed and wounded.

Admission for this event is $5 per person; children 10 and under are free

Spirit Hunters of Central Kentucky (as seen on the Travel Channel's "Ghost Adventures") will conduct a paranormal investigation on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 6 p.m. Call the park at 859-332-8631 for tickets. The cost is $20 per person; not recommended for children under 12.

Visit www.perryvillebattlefield.org for more info.

Droop Mountain Hike

HILLSBORO, W.Va. - The Battle of Droop Mountain occurred on Nov. 6, 1863.

On Nov. 6, 2013, 150 years ago to the date and time, a group of individuals will arrive at the battlefield after an overnight hike that commemorates the route taken by Echols' Brigade, Confederate Army of Southwestern Virginia. The hike begins in Lewisburg on Nov. 5. It will be a 30-mile route, overnight and will test the hike registrants who will repeat history's footsteps.

Mike Smith, park superintendent at Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park in Pocahontas County, has designed and coordinated four memorial hikes in 2013 to honor not only West Virginia's 150th birthday, but also to pay tribute to the men and families of both sides the Civil War that ultimately contributed to the creation of West Virginia as the 35th state. There will be a rigorous 27-mile hike on Nov. 5-6. More information is available online at www.droopmountainbattlefield.com .

An additional tribute is planned at Droop Mountain. A ceremony placing a native stone marker with a bronze placard listing known men who died or died as a result of wounds that occurred at the Battle of Droop Mountain will occur around 2 p.m. after the fourth memorial hike arrives at the state park on Nov. 6. Smith will install the bronze on a near-perfect natural obelisk and flat feature stone of approximately 4 x 6 feet. The soldiers' memorial will become one of many markers erected at Droop Mountain identifying battle history and individuals.

The West Virginia State Park Foundation is accepting donations to be used to offset the memorial cost. Donations can be mailed to: Robert Hoke, WVSPF Treasurer, 6304 Kaybro St., Laurel, MD 20707, and should indicate it is for the Droop Mountain Memorial. Donations received are acknowledged in writing. Any amount donated is appreciated.