2019 Buchanan Civil War History Weekend
Experience history at the annual Buchanan Civil War History Weekend on April 26-28, 2019 in downtown Buchanon, Virginia. Save the last weekend of April to visit Buchanan and explore the town’s historic roots during our annual Buchanan Civil War History Weekend, history will come alive in downtown Buchanan! See the flash, smell the smoke and witness the reenactment of General McCausland and his confederate troops fighting to secure the bridge delaying General Hunter’s fiery Raid of the Valley. Stroll through living history camps, Sutler’s Row, or take part in a period Camp Dance and Bon Fire, and more.
Buchanan Civil War History Weekend
Explore Buchanan Civil War History Weekend Living History Camps, stroll period demonstrations, Heritage Craft Demonstrations, Buchanan History Displays, Street Skirmishes, Period Fashion Show, Confederate Camp Dance, Sunday Camp Church Services, Civil War History Films, Guest Speakers and more!
Save the last weekend of April to visit Buchanan and explore the town’s historic roots during our annual Buchanan Civil War History Weekend. Explore Main Street where you will find Antiques, Art, Food and great places to eat. Witness first hand accounts of Buchanan during the War, enjoy guest speakers and living history skits.
Free Admission – Donations Welcome
Friday School Day
School Field Trips may be scheduled 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Friday.
Saturday features a full day of activities including the Battle of Buchanan reenactment, street skirmishes, living history and more while Sunday features a period church service in the morning and the Battle of Buchanan in the afternoon.
Reenactor Amenities Provided:
Free camping for re-enactors in the historic district or along the banks of the James River.
Free water and firewood
Saturday evening meal for those who register by March 31 for the Buchanan Civil War History Weekend.
Buchanan Civil War History Weekend Mini Gallery
Bounties for Reenactor Units
There will be TWO bounties offered. Each bounty is in the amount of $200. The Bounties will be awarded to the first Federal and first Confederate units who register a Full Scale Field Cannon with 57″ wheels. Spectators will be asked to make donations before each battle to help with bounties for additional cannons. Amounts of additional bounties will be no more than $150 and will go to units in the order that they register.
* $10 will be charged for each individual by March 31; late registration not guaranteed Sat. meal.
* $25 for each Period Vendor or Sutler who pre-registers before March 31
* $5 Children under 12 registration fee.
* $10 for Saturday, Main Street Vendor Fee for a 10′ x 10′ space along the sidewalk.
* $35 fee will be charged to each vendor or settler who register after that date.
* Make checks payable to: Town of Buchanan. FEES ARE NON REFUNDABLE.
Buchanan Civil War History Weekend is hosted by the Town of Buchanan and the Botetourt Artillery Chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Main Street & Town Park
Buchanan, VA 24066
For more information: 540-254-1212 firstname.lastname@example.org
A BRIEF HISTORY OF HUNTER’S RAID IN BUCHANAN
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.
Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Buchanan Civil War History Weekend in downtown Buchanon, Virginia.
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