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Civil War battle recreated this weekend at park
SoVaNow.com / June 18, 2014This weekend marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Staunton River Bridge, Southside’s only battle of the Civil War.
To commemorate the June 25, 1864 clash between Confederate and Union forces at the railroad bridge between Charlotte and Halifax counties, organizers have put together a battle re-enactment and other events at Staunton River Battlefield State Park in Randolph.
The observance begins on Saturday, at 9 a.m. when the United Daughters of the Confederacy presents military service awards to descendants of the men who fought in the battle.
During the afternoon some 400 re-enactors will show how the battle, often dubbed the “Battle of Old Men and Young Boys” was carried out as youngsters and old men rallied to the call for help in defending the Staunton River Bridge from the advancing Union cavalry. The cavalry’s mission was to destroy the bridge which supported the Danville & Richmond railroad, thereby cutting off General Lee’s supply lines.
The re-enactors are expected to begin arriving on Thursday at noon and will camp out in the park until dusk on Sunday.
The actual battle re-enactment is set for Saturday around 3 p.m, but their camp sites will be open to the public each day until noon on Sunday.
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