Battle of Bulltown Reenactment to be Held at Burnsville Lake

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Burnsville Lake will host a reenactment of the Civil War Battle of Bulltown at the Bulltown Historical Area on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011, at 2 p.m.

   The event is sponsored by the Stonewall Jackson Reenactment Unit and the Corps of Engineers.

   On Saturday, Oct. 8, members of the reenactment unit will be performing soldier programs, cannon demonstrations and conducting guided tours of the Civil War Battlefield. The event is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

   The original Battle of Bulltown occurred on Oct. 13, 1863, near a bridge where the Weston and Gauley Bridge Turnpike crosses the Little Kanawha River. Both Union and Confederate forces wanted to prevent their opponent from crossing the bridge to cut off supplies. The Union fortifications were occupied by 400 troops under the direction of Capt. William Mattingly. Col. William L. Jackson (first cousin of Stonewall Jackson) led the Confederate forces. They attacked the Union forces at 4:30 a.m. The Union forces repelled the attack on their fortifications and refused to surrender. They sent for help to Clarksburg and Weston. The battle ended about 4:30 p.m. The Confederates camped for the night at the Salt Lick Bridge. Union reinforcements arrived the next day from Clarksburg and forced the Confederates to retreat.

   For more information, contact the Burnsville Lake Office at 304-853-2371 or the Public Affairs office at 304-399-5353.

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