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2019 Buchanan Civil War History Weekend

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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.

Reenactor Fees
* $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.

Location
Main Street & Town Park
Buchanan, VA 24066

For more information: 540-254-1212 hgleason@buchanan-va.gov

Event Rules

  • No pets.
  • No fireworks or live ammunition.
  • Period weapons only.
  • Quiet after 11:00 PM.
  • All vehicles out of camps by 8:00 am Saturday
  • All participants are required to register upon arrival. All autos must have a pass on the dash to enter the reenactment site.
  • All uniforms and shoes must be of proper period materials and construction.
  • No horses in civilian, infantry, artillery or sutler camps.
  • Flags carried during engagements will be at the discretion of overall commanders.
  • All modern equipment, packages or food are to be hidden.
  • Only registered sutlers will be allowed to sell merchandise.
  • Buchanan Civil War History Weekend 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.
  • 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.
  • All units are expected to bag all trash and deposit pre-arranged points daily.
  • No firearms are to be discharged in or near the camps under ANY circumstances.
  • Infantry long arms should be loaded with a maximum of 70 grains of powder.
  • No penny wrappers, staples, wads or tape are to be used for cartridges.. Pre-rolled rounds only.
  • 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.
  • No unauthorized filming or video taping of Buchanan Civil War History Weekend for commercial purposes.
  • Cut out sod and remove before digging fire pits: clean trash out of pits: replace sod.
  • Commanders are responsible for getting information to their troops and are responsible for the conduct of their troops.
  • No rank above captain on the field unless approved prior to event.
  • Eyewear must be of period construction. No sunglasses of any type.
  • 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.
  • Coggins paper for horses are to be current and will be inspected by cavalry commanders.
  • Please remember we are all guests of the Town of Buchanan.

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.

Buchanan Civil War History Weekend

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