2019 Blue and Gray Reunion – Battle of Philippi Reenactment
Experience early Civil War history at the 30th Annual Blue and Gray Reunion – Battle of Philippi Reenactment on May 30 – June 2, 2019 in downtown Philippi, West Virginia. Relive the year 1861, when the First Land Battle of the Civil War was fought. Blue and Gray Reunion – Battle of Philippi Reenactors will highlight important moments in the history that gives Philippi its historical significance. Confederate and Union troops will erect campsites which the public is invited to visit. Other activities during the weekend include artillery demonstrations, a little soldiers’ battle, an amputation re-enactment, a Grand Parade, live entertainment at the Courthouse Square Gazebo, a Civil War Ball, a 5K Run, Amateur Kayak Race, a Blue & Gray Community Choir Concert, Pie and Cupcake Contest at the Gazebo, a Quilt Show at The Market Place, Buggy Hay Rides, Courthouse tours, craft park, and food vendors.
Blue and Gray Reunion – Battle of Philippi Reenactment
Friday is Walking History Day. More than 20 stations will introduce visitors to life in a Civil War camp, history of Philippi’s First Land Battle of the Civil War, camp cooking and games, soldiers’ and women’s clothing during the war, a visit with General Stonewall Jackson in the Barbour County Courthouse, Civil War era music, and more.
Blue and Gray Reunion – Battle of Philippi Reenactment of the First Land Battle of the Civil War will take place at 2:00 pm on Philippi’s Main Street. Following the battle, a reenactment of the historic Hanger amputation will take place in Sutler Row on Main Street.
About the actual Battle of Philippi
The Battle of Philippi formed part of the Western Virginia Campaign of the American Civil War, and was fought in and around Philippi, Virginia (now West Virginia) on June 3, 1861. On May 28, 1861, Col. George Porterfield and his Confederate troops arrived in Philippi, where they camped or were quartered in town. Neighbors and families were already divided on the question of secession. There were at least 750, if not upwards of 2,000 troops. At daylight on June 3, two columns of Union forces, with perhaps 3,000 men, arrived from Grafton under the command of Col. Ebenezer Dumont and Col. Benjamin Kelley. A Union victory, it was the first organized land action of the war, though generally viewed as a skirmish rather than a battle.
Mistaking a pistol shot by a Mrs. Humpreys on the hill above the town as a signal to start the battle, the Union troops fired on the Confederates with two brass six-pound Napoleon cannons. The Confederates routed to a big rock south of town and departed in good order to Belington and ultimately to Beverly.
The Original Blue and Gray Renuion
On June 3, 1911 the first “Home Coming Week” ever held in Barbour County of the “Blue and Gray Soldiers” who participated in the 1861 battle was held. The program included speeches, band concerts, “public talks by Old Soldiers”, entertainment, fireworks, parachute jumps, parades, a hot-air balloon ascension, and a “Sham Battle conducted by the State Militia.” In 1988, the City of Philippi published a “Call to Arms” to plan for an annual Blue & Gray Reunion to begin the first week of June, 1989.
Blue and Gray Reunion – Battle of Philippi Reenactment Mini-Gallery
Today’s reunion includes Sutlers and crafts tents, a parade, encampments for re-enactors from both sides of the war, artillery and small arms demonstrations, a choir concert, Civil War Ball, and of course, a re-enactment of the first land battle of the Civil War.
Public Welcome – Free Admission
Location: Downtown Philippi, WV
For More Information
Mail: PO Box 911, Philippi, WV 26416
Philippi area contact: CVB at 304-457-3700
Blue and Gray Reeunion Featured Events (subject to change)
(Check daily schedules for day and time)
- Horse and Buggy Parade
- Walking History (for adults) joining Kids’ Day
- Pickin’ Porch – all weekend on Courthouse Square
- Opening Ceremonies – Thursday
- Grand Opening and Blue & Gray Community Choir
- Horse and Buggy Parade
- Kids’ Day/Walking History – Friday
- 25-30 Learning Stations
- Visit with General Stonewall Jackson
- Grand Parade
- 5K Race
- Kayak and Stand Up Paddle Board Races
- Pie Contest at the Gazebo
- Civil War Ball
- Confederate and Union Camps open for the public
- Reenactment – First Land Battle of Civil War
- Reenactment-Hanger Amputation
- Crafters Park and Food Vendors on Courthouse Square
- Live entertainment – at the Gazebo all weekend; kicked off with Talent Show
- Skirmishes – Little Soldiers and troops
Blue and Gray Reunion Schedule of Events
Mark your calendar today so don’t miss the next Blue and Gray Reunion – Battle of Philippi Reenactment in downtown Philippi, West Virginia.
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