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Confederates to re-invade Beverly this weekend

Read "Raid was Confederates' last gasp before W.Va. statehood" here.

 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- On Saturday and Sunday, as they did 150 years ago, Confederate soldiers will once again raid the Randolph County town of Beverly, during re-enactments of the Jones-Imboden Raid in the spring of 1863 and the attack of Gen. William L. "Mudwall" Jackson in July of that year.

"We will present actual events that happened in Beverly in 1863 and will have many opportunities for the public to participate, in addition to watching the activities," said Darryl DeGripp, executive director of the Beverly Heritage Center.

On Saturday, as was the case during most of the Civil War, Beverly will be occupied by Union troops. That situation is scheduled to change starting at 2:30 p.m., when re-enactors portraying troops under the command of Confederate Gen. John D. Imboden will attack the town, starting along Walnut Street behind the Beverly Heritage Center.

Following the raid, Confederate re-enactors will occupy the town. At 5:15 p.m., a camp dinner begins ($10 per person), followed at 7:30 by a Civil War Ball with music by the Rich Mountain String Band, featuring 19th-century period dances. The Civil War Ball is open to the public.

Sunday's re-enactment, which starts at 1:30 p.m., will represent the July 1863 raid on the town by Confederate Brig. Gen. William L. "Mudwall" Jackson, a cousin of Lt. Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, a corps commander in Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. Jackson took part in the attack on Beverly during the Jones-Imboden Raid on April 24, 1863, and in a less-successful attack on the town that he led in early July of that year.

Other events on Sunday include a 10 a.m. period church service at Beverly Presbyterian Church, featuring 19th-century music by the Mountain Winds woodwind ensemble and an 11 a.m. lunch at the church hall ($6 per person).

Living-history Civil War encampments will be open to public viewing each day, with camp sutlers selling period goods.

The weekend is sponsored by the Beverly Heritage Center and Rich Mountain Battlefield Foundation and hosted by the West Virginia Reenactors Association. For more information and meal reservations, call 304-637-7424 or visit www.beverlyheritagecenter.org.

Reach Rick Steelhammer at rsteelhammer@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5163.


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