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2019 Battle of Droop Mountain Reenactment

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Join us for the annual Battle of Droop Mountain Reenactment on October 11-13, 2019. The American Civil War battle reenactment is held on the actual battlefield of the 1864 Battle of Droop mountain, at the Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park located several miles South of the Town of Hillsboro, West Virginia along U.S. highway 219 at the top of Droop Mountain.

The Droop Mountain Battleground is quiet today. Signs and markers scattered about the park tell stories of a battle fought. Artifacts in a small museum reveal history of both sides of the war. And on the second weekend of October each year, that silence will be shattered by the Battle of Droop Mountain Reenactment. The anniversary reenactment will play out again by host Bryans Battery Reenactment Group and other members of the West Virginia Reenactors Association. The event is open to the public with no admission charge.

The weekend includes a reenactment scenario tied to historical facts. The Saturday battle reflects the skirmish at Mill Point leading up to Droop Mountain. The Sunday battle will be the Battle of Droop Mountain itself, reenacted on a portion of the actual battlefield. An unscripted tactical exercise covering most of the park grounds is scheduled for Saturday. Authentic Sutlers are welcome at Droop Mountain and there is a pre-registration process (see below form link) along with other Sutler and reenactor participation information.

Battle of Droop Mountain Reenactment - Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park - Bryans Battery Reenactment Group

Early Bird Registration
PRE-REGISTRATION DATES: The Reenactor registration this year will be $10.00 if post marked
on or before September 1 and $15.00 if post marked after that date or for walk-ons. As usual, Children 12 and under are free, but waiver and registration forms must be completed for them. All minors (under age 18) need parental or guardian signatures.

Artillery: First 5 Artillery Batteries who pre-register will receive bounties of $75.00 for
Mountain Howitzers or ¾ scale cannons, and full sized (57 inch wheels) will receive $100.00
bounties.

Registration forms can be found on the Registration Page of this website where they can be downloaded, printed, filled out and returned with the registration Fee to Bryans Battery c/o Tim Walker, 267 Fern Hollow Drive, Hillsboro, WV 24946

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Public Welcome – Free Admission

Schedule of Events
Friday
Camp Set-up
6pm -11pm Registration Open

Saturday
7am- Reveille
8am- Registration opens
10:00am Officers Meeting at registration & military camps open for spectators
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm -Infantry Tactical which will roll into the 2:30 battle
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm -Skirmish at Mill Point (battle)
6pm -7pm –Reenactors’ dinner at Registration Area
7 pm -9:30 pm Concert/Military Ball (Pending location of a period string band.)
10 pm- Night Firing of Artillery
11:30 pm, Quiet in the Camps

Sunday
8 am- Reveille
10 am-Church Services in Battlefield
12:30 am -Officers Meeting at Bryans Battery Field Camp.
1:30 pm –The Battle of Droop Mountain

Location
Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park
683 Droop Park Road
Hillsboro, WV 24946
(304) 653-4254

For More Information
Tim Walker: tim@amrmail.org; 304-653-4737

Battle of Droop Mountain Reenactment - Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park - Bryans Battery Reenactment Group

About the Battle of Droop Mountain
On November 6, 1863, the federal army of Brigadier General William W. Averell, in his second attempt to disrupt the Virginia-Tennessee Railroad at Salem, Virginia, faced again the Confederate troops of Brigadier General John Echols. Throughout the morning, Echols’ smaller confederate army held the high ground and blocked the highway with artillery, but in the afternoon was overwhelmed by the crushing advance of federal infantry on his left flank. Following the collapse of his lines, General Echols retreated south into Virginia with the remnants of his command.

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Federal Troops occupied Lewisburg on November 7, 1863, but being burdened with prisoners and captured livestock, General Averell elected to return to his headquarters in Beverly, West Virginia, waiting until early December to lead a third and ultimately successful attack on the vital railroad. Operations in the Shenandoah Valley in the spring of 1864 drew remaining confederate troops out of West Virginia, thus leaving the new state securely under the control of the federal government for the remainder of the war.

Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Battle of Droop Mountain Reenactment on the second weekend of October at the Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park near Hillsboro, West Virginia.

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