Buchanan Civil War History Weekend Friday, April 27, Saturday, April 28 & Sunday, April 29, 2012



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Buchanan Civil War History Weekend

Friday, April 27, Saturday, April 28 & Sunday, April 29, 2012



History comes alive in downtown Buchanan! Stroll through Living History Camps, Sutler’s Row, Take part in a Camp Dance or period Church service and explore Main Street where you will find Art, Antiques, gifts and places to eat .






See the flash, smell the smoke and witness the reenactment of General McCausland and his confederate troops fighting to secure the bridge delaying General Hunters fiery Raid of the Valley.




You and your family are invited to explore one of the lesser known sites of the War Between the States in downtown Buchanan.






Buchanan Civil War History Weekend

Friday, April 27, Saturday, April 28 & Sunday, April 29, 2012

 

Hear the roar, feel the ground shake as Civil War Cannons echo across the valley. History comes alive in downtown Buchanan as the community celebrates its’ fifth annual Civil War History Weekend on April 27, 28, & 29. See the flash, smell the smoke and witness the reenactment of General McCausland and his confederate troops fighting to secure the bridge delaying General Hunters fiery Raid of the Valley.

As the last leg of the James River and Kanawha Canal, Buchanan served as an important Confederate supply depot for shipment of agricultural produce and pig iron to Richmond. Buchanan’s farmers provided the Confederate quartermaster with beef, cotton, yarn and corn as well as troops for the Confederate war effort, most notably the Botetourt Artillery. The unit distinguished itself in the defense of Vicksburg. Federal General David Hunter marched through Buchanan on June 13, 1864 on his ill-fated raid in Lynchburg. The following day Confederate General J.D. Imboden reported that Hunter had driven Confederate troops under McCausland’s command out of Buchanan. Period letters tell how McCausland burned the covered bridge over the James River before leaving igniting a fire which destroyed close to thirty buildings.

Personal letters of the era also tell of the devastation to Buchanan caused by the war including the burning of Col. John Anderson’s home known as Mount Joy, the three day Federal occupation of Oak Hill, the Anchorage, the Presbyterian Manse as well as other private homes and offices throughout Town. The battle flag of the Botetourt Artillery was said to have been made from the wedding dress of Cassandra Anderson, owner of Mount Joy.

You and your family are invited to explore one of the lesser known sites of the War Between the States in downtown Buchanan. Discover how this tiny riverfront community nestled within the steep slopes of the Blue Ridge and Alleghany Mountains was thrust into the battle. Learn about Buchanan’s resistance to Union General David Hunter and thousands of troops tried as they fought to secure the James River Bridge, one of the many steps as Union forces made their ill fated march to Lynchburg on June 13, 1864.


Union General George Crook, credited with saving Boyd Family Home known as Oak Hill.

Confederate General John McCausland, Jr., led troops which fought against Hunter and burned the James River Bridge delaying Hunter’s arrival.


Union General David Hunter, led fiery raid across the Valley on his way to Lynchburg. Ordered the burning of Mount Joy , Col Anderson’s Buchanan home.


Buchanan Civil War History Weekend

Friday, April 27, Saturday, April 28, & Sunday, 29 2012

Schedule of Events




Friday, April 27, 2012


 





History comes alive in downtown Buchanan! Civil War reenactors will be welcoming schools and the public for guided tours where students will see a behind the scenes peak of life for citizens and soldiers during this time period of American history.
Encampments and Living History Displays are set up around the downtown district on public and private greens much as soldiers did during the Civil War. Sites include the Town Park and Main Street.

Displays include living History Camps, life on the home front, Food and Cooking, Religious, Arms and Bullet Making, Camp Boredom and Prisoner of War Treatment, displays of period tents and shelter methods plus other presentations. Local chapters of The United Daughters of the Confederacy also will make living history presentations on various topics including: Shortages and Substitutes During the War; Clothing of the Period; Hand Quilting, Knitting, Wool Gathering, Carding and Spinning Wheel Use; Children at Home.







Shop, stroll and dine throughout Buchanan’s downtown historic district. The perfect backdrop for this weekend’s activities, Buchanan’s historic downtown district contains structures on the National Register of Historic Places dating from the 1750’s through the 1950’s.

Greek Revival Churches, Antebellum Homes and Warehouses are blended with Victorian Era and Edwardian structures completed during Buchanan’s reconstruction period. Explore Main Street’s collection of quaint antique shops, art galleries, gifts and collectibles, indoor golf and restaurants. “Living museums” these buildings narrate the story of Buchanan’s Civil War and post war development. Some of the prominent structures from Buchanan’s Civil War Era include the Kemble Building, the Moelick Building, the Clegg House, Trinity Episcopal Church, the Buchanan Presbyterian Church, the Anchorage House and the Wilson Warehouse.
Period photographs are on display in many of the storefront windows providing additional glimpses into Buchanan’s past. Buchanan’s shop owners invite you and your family to explore these architectural ties to Buchanan’s past during your visit to Buchanan this weekend.
On Friday evening, witness a street skirmish on Main Street in front of the Buchanan Theatre as word spreads about the pending arrival of Hunter’s Troops. Following this battle enjoy a bluegrass concert in the Buchanan Theatre.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Join in the Opening Ceremony in front of the Botetourt Artillery Monument on Main Street next to the Presbyterian Church at 10AM. Enjoy a full day of activities throughout the downtown historic district. Civil War Era Camps will open in the morning and remain open all day. Special displays highlight the life and times of the Civil War Era. Many family oriented activities are carried on throughout the day. Enjoy Civil War Movies in the Buchanan Theatre including “Hunter’s Raid”, Guest Speakers at the Buchanan Library, living history reenactment at the Rhein River Inn, period music and costumed reenactors and Cavalry throughout downtown.


Watch the chaos reenacted when Hunters troops arrived in Buchanan during a Downtown Street Battle, enjoy a period Fashion Show, or, take part in a costumed Confederate Camp Dance. Explore goods being offered by period Sutlers, crafters and artists set up throughout Town.

 

Sunday, April 29, 2012


9:00 AM Camp Church Services – Public Invited! Experience a period church service conducted by Reverend Alan Farley as he portrays an 18th century, back county circuit rider traveling with his Faith who plays a period organ, and son Benjamin who portrays a farrier. Experience a glimpse of the role of religion in the Civil War while witnessing a firsthand reenactment of troop services.

 

Battle Of Buchanan - See the flash, smell the smoke and feel cannons roar as reenact the June 13, 1864 Battle of Buchanan. Union troops gathered on the North bank of the James River in Pattonsburg while Confederate troops delayed Hunter's arrival with the firing of the Covered Bridge and battle response from Oak Hill. Battle will take place on the Buchanan Town Park.



 
Looking for a place to stay? Check out these historic Buchanan Inns
Buchanan Rail Car Inn – (540) 463 – 2575 or (540) 460 1932;

www. buchananrailcarinn.com


The James River House – (540) 261-7334 or (757) 642-7269; www.canoevirginia.net








Buchanan Civil War History Weekend

Friday, April 27, Saturday, April 28 & Sunday, April 29, 2012

To Be Held in Historic, Downtown Buchanan, Virginia



A BREIF HISTORY OF HUNTER’S RAID

During the Civil War, the Town of Buchanan served as an important Confederate supply depot for shipment of agricultural produce and pig iron to Richmond via the James River and Kanawha Canal. Buchanan Farmers provided the Confederate quartermaster with beef, cotton, yarn and corn. Buchanan also provided troops for the Confederate war effort, most notably for the Botetourt Artillery. The unit distinguished itself in the defense of Vicksburg.


Federal General David Hunter marched through Buchanan on June 13, 1864 on his ill-fated raid in Lynchburg. The following day Confederate General J.D. Imboden reported that Hunter had driven Confederate troops under McCausland’s command out of Buchanan. Period letters tell how McCausland burned the covered bridge over the James River before leaving igniting a fire which destroyed close to thirty buildings.
Personal letters of the era also tell of the devastation to Buchanan caused by the war including the burning of Col. John Anderson’s home known as Mount Joy, the three day Federal occupation of Oak Hill, the Anchorage, the Presbyterian Manse as well as other private homes and offices throughout Town. The battle flag of the Botetourt Artillery was said to have been made from the wedding dress of Cassandra Anderson, owner of Mount Joy.

Enclosed you will find the following: A brief description of the 2012 event, Registration forms & Event rules



April 27- 29, 2012 – Explore Living History Camps, stroll period demonstrations, Heritage Craft Demonstrations, Buchanan History Displays, Carriage Rides, Street Skirmishes, Period Fashion Show, Confederate Camp Dance, Sunday Camp Church Services, Civil War History Films, Guest Speakers and much more!
Amenities Provided: Free camping for re-enactors in the historic district or along the banks of the James River. Free water, hay, firewood, Taters & Onions!
FEES: A flat fee of $5.00 will be charged for each individual, and a $25 Fee for each Vendor or Sutler who pre-registers before March 16, 2012. A $10 fee will be charged to each individual, and a $35 Fee will be charged to each vendor or settler who register after that date. Any walk-on participants will be charged $10.00 per person. on April 27- 29, 2012. Make checks payable to: Town of Buchanan, Special Events Committee. ALL FEES ARE NON REFUNDABLE.
Hosted by the Town of Buchanan, the Botetourt Artillery Chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans,

the 14th VA Cavalry Co. H Rockbridge Dragoons and the Joseph W. Anderson Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy

For information, Contact the Buchanan Downtown Revitalization Program at (540) 254-1212, or, email us as buchananva@verizon.net , or, check the events page of the Town Website at www.townofbuchanan.com



Buchanan Civil War History Weekend

Event Rules



  1. No pets.

  2. No fireworks.

  3. No live ammunition.

  4. Period weapons only.

  5. Quiet after 11:00 PM.

  6. All vehicles out of camps by 8:00 am Saturday

  7. All participants are required to register upon arrival. All autos must have a pass on the dash to enter the reenactment site.

  8. All uniforms and shoes must be of proper period materials and construction.

  9. No horses in civilian, infantry, artillery or sutler camps.

  10. Flags carried during engagements will be at the discretion of overall commanders.

  11. All modern equipment, packages or food are to be hidden.

  12. Only registered sutlers will be allowed to sell merchandise.

  13. This is a family oriented event. There is a zero tolerance for abuse, there are no illegal substances or alcohol allowed – violators will be referred to the local law enforcement agency. Rowdiness, abusive language or public drunkenness will not be tolerated. Unit commanders are responsible for all unit members – military and civilian.

  14. Minimum age to carry a weapon or service an artillery piece is 16. No one under 13 allowed on the field. Ages 13-15 must be functional musicians.

  15. All units are expected to bag all trash and deposit pre-arranged points daily.

  16. No firearms are to be discharged in or near the camps under ANY circumstances.

  17. Infantry long arms should be loaded with a maximum of 70 grains of powder.

  18. No penny wrappers, staples, wads or tape are to be used for cartridges.. Pre-rolled rounds only.

  19. No hand-to-hand or individual heroics. Direct aimed fire shall not take place within 40 yards and firing is not to take place within 20 yards. All weapons are to be inspected prior to battle. Safety inspections are mandatory.

  20. No unauthorized filming or video taping of our event for commercial purposes.

  21. Cut out sod and remove before digging fire pits: clean trash out of pits: replace sod.

  22. Commanders are responsible for getting information to their troops and are responsible for the conduct of their troops.

  23. No rank above captain on the field unless approved prior to event.

  24. Eyewear must be of period construction. No sunglasses of any type.

  25. Family and friends in camp are encouraged to dress the part. If not, they should depart at the end of the spectator’s day and not return until spectator hours commence the next day.

  26. Coggins paper for horses are to be current and will be inspected by cavalry commanders.

  27. Please remember we are all guests of the Town of Buchanan.

  28. All participants – Federal, Confederate, Civilian or Sutler are expected to have a good time and a great weekend. This is mandatory.








Buchanan Civil War History Weekend

Friday, April 27, Saturday, April 28 & Sunday, April 29, 2012

REGISTRATION FORM

Please fill this form out completely and list everyone who is to participate from your camp, unit or organization. All Forms MUST BE COMPLETED AND SIGNED FOR THIS REGISTRATION TO BE ACCEPTED. Return all completed forms and payments to: Town of Buchanan, Special Events Committee, P.O. Box 205, Buchanan, VA 24066. Completed forms must be received before March 16, 2012.


FEES: A nonrefundable flat fee of $5.00 will be charged for each individual, and a $25 Fee for each Vendor or Sutler who pre-registers before March 16, 2012. A $10 fee will be charged to each individual, and a $35 Fee will be charged to each vendor or settler who register after that date and applications will be accepted until April 1, 2012. Any walk-on participants will be charged $10.00 per person. on April 27-29, 2012. Make checks payable to: Town of Buchanan - Special Events Committee. ALL FEES ARE NON REFUNDABLE.

 

 



Unit or Regiment: ______________________________________________________________

 
Individual or Unit Contact Person: _________________________________________________

Mailing Address: _______________________________________________________________

City: _________________________ State: ________________ Zip: ______________________

Day Time Phone: _______________ Evening Phone: _______________ Email: ____________
 

Organization Affiliation (e.g. ANV, Indp.,SCV,UCV) ___________________Branch of Service______


Total Registration Fee Enclosed: __________________________________________________
Note: Participant agrees that participation in Buchanan’s Civil War History Weekend is entirely at own risk and assumes total responsibility for accidents, damages and other claims that result from or during their activities in Buchanan’s Civil War History Weekend or in transit to/or from the event, whether such occur to the owner or third parties. Participant understands that the Buchanan Special Events Committee or Town of Buchanan does not assume any responsibility for such liabilities, and Participant agrees to release and hold the Town of Buchanan and Buchanan Special Events Committee harmless. Participant further agrees that participation in Buchanan’s Civil War History Weekend is strictly voluntary and is completely unrelated to work with the Special Events Committee or Town of Buchanan, VA. Signature of owner denotes agreement to these terms.

  

Signature: _______________________________ Date: _______________________




LIST NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS BY CATEGORY


 

INFANTRY: (CSA)________________, (USA)____________________

 

CAVALRY: (C..S.Mounted)___________Horses ___________Dismounted ______________

 

(U.S. Mounted)___________ Horses___________ Dismounted___________



 

ARTILLERY: (C.S.A.)_______(No.of Guns)______________(Type/guns)______________

 

(U.S.)_________(No. Guns)________________(Type Guns)_____________



 

LIVING HISTORY / OTHER ____________________________ (must be pre-approved)

 

*Specify Impression and who with__________________________________________________



 
SUTLER (Name)________________________Space Required_________________________

 

Type merchandise__________________________________ Arrival Date __________________



 

  

VENDOR (Name) ______________________Space Required _________ Electricity? yes/no

 

Describe type of food ____________________________________Arrival Date____________



(must be pre-approved)

 

CIVILIAN IMPRESSIONS (Name) _____________________________Space ____________

 

Describe presentation _______________________________________ Arrival date __________



 

Note: Participant agrees that participation in Buchanan’s Civil War History Weekend is entirely at own risk and assumes total responsibility for accidents, damages and other claims that result from or during their activities in Buchanan’s Civil War History Weekend or in transit to/or from the event, whether such occur to the owner or third parties. Participant understands that the Buchanan Special Events Committee or Town of Buchanan does not assume any responsibility for such liabilities, and Participant agrees to release and hold the Town of Buchanan and Buchanan Special Events Committee harmless. Participant further agrees that participation in Buchanan’s Civil War History Weekend is strictly voluntary and is completely unrelated to work with the Special Events Committee or Town of Buchanan, VA. Signature of owner denotes agreement to these terms. 

 

Print Name: ______________________________


Signature: _________________________________________ Date: ______________________

 

RETURN COMPLETED FORMS AND PAYMENTS TO:

Special Events Committee Town of Buchanan

P.O. Box 205

Buchanan, VA. 24066

 

For additional information: Harry Gleason (540) 254-3304; buchananva@verizon.net

Check the Events Link on the Town Website at www.townofbuchanan.com

Company Muster Roll

All participants, by registering for and attending this event agree that any sponsoring organization, persons, unit or agents or employees thereof will not be held liable or responsible for loss, damage, or injury to persons or property during this event.


PLEASE TYPE OR PRINT NAMES LEGIBLY

Registration will be by name so be sure that we can

READ the name to avoid confusion.


  

RANK _____ NAME ______________________________________ PHONE _____________

Address _______________________________________ email __________________________

 

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Hosted by the Town of Buchanan, the Botetourt Artillery Chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans,

the 14th VA Cavalry Co. H Rockbridge Dragoons and the

Joseph W. Anderson Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy

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