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Battle of Barboursville Re-Enactment

By: Leah Hansen Email
By: Leah Hansen Email

The sounds of war resonated in Barboursville over the weekend, as the Union Yankees took on confederate soldiers.

It's a long walk in a hot uniform, but in mid July back in 1861, conditions were not much better and the stakes were high.

“We as true southern believers we fought for the constitution the constitution was in jeopardy,” said Bob McGraw, a confederate re-enactor.

And it’s how the north and south came to an agreement. However, there is still disagreement about the facts of the civil war, and what is being taught in history books, which is why re-enactments take place.

“If I can walk away with one person having a better understanding of what our nation is all about then that is all I can ask for,” said Al Stone, a living historian.

But this is a history lesson with a twist. The winner of the mid July skirmish in Barboursville was the north, however, since they won on Saturday, the Yankees wanted to be good sports and let the confederates win Sunday's round.

The weekend was considered a success by the re-enactors we spoke with, and they hope it becomes and annual event!


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