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Civil War reenactment to commemorate 150th anniversary of battle

By From staff reports

BEVERLY, W.Va. -- In the spring of 1863, Beverly, the Randolph County seat, was occupied by Union troops and West Virginia becoming a state was on the horizon. The Confederacy launched the ambitious Jones-Imboden Raid into western Virginia, to challenge Union control and capture supplies.

The Beverly Heritage Center and Rich Mountain Battlefield Foundation will be reenacting Imboden's Raid on Beverly in a Civil War reenactment event in Beverly on May 4 and 5.

In this commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the raid, reenactors will interact with civilians and townspeople as they recreate life in the occupied town, and of the raid that disrupted Union control and captured supplies.

"We want to recreate this dramatic raid in Beverly, and portray to some extent the impact on the townspeople," said Darryl DeGripp, director of the Beverly Heritage Center. "We invite both experienced and novice reenactors to participate, with opportunities for exciting scenarios and interaction between the troops and civilians."

On Sunday the event will also include a scenario from the July raid by Gen. William "Mudwall" Jackson.

Activities during the weekend will include military camps and living history, such as loyalty passes to get through town. Civilian activities will feature period crafts demonstrations and a sewing circle, plus reaction and interaction during the raid skirmish. All will come together, including spectators, to participate in the Civil War ball Saturday evening, and Sunday morning period church service.

The event is hosted by the West Virginia Reenactors Association, and funded in part by the West Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission. Pre-registration information for reenactors and sutlers, as well as visitor information for the public, can be found at www.richmountain.org/raids/ or contact the Beverly Heritage Center at 304-637-7424, info@beverlyheritagecenter.org, or through the organization's Facebook page.


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