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Reenactment of the Battle of Smithfield Crossing in Middleway, WV
A reenactment of the Battle of Smithfield Crossing will take place in the Historic District of Middleway, WV, 25430 on September 9th and 10th, 2017. Some 200 reenactors representing Union and Confederate units will skirmish through the streets, as actually happened on August 28 and 29, 1864.
Unlike the Americans whose lives were part of a larger national destiny 154 years ago, we know the ultimate outcome of this battle in the Shenandoah Valley campaign: The Union was preserved and slavery abolished. Names like Mosby and Custer weren’t yet household words. The thriving town of Middleway had a population of more than 2,400. Local doctors treated the wounded on both sides of the conflict in makeshift hospitals; and local homes.
The encampment and other activities will give spectators the look, sounds, smells and feel of what it was like to live in Middleway (Smithfield) or be a soldier during the during the Civil War. Activities will include a “living history” infantry encampment located adjacent to the Methodist Church parking lot at 7437 Queen Street open from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. There will be additional living history activities at the Grace Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 112 East Street.
Major events will include a reenacted infantry battle in the town in the vicinity of East and Grace Streets between 1 - 3 p.m. On Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the encampment there will be a night infantry firing. Another infantry battle will be held on Sunday, September 10th from 1 to 3 p.m.
Civil War exhibits, battlefield tour guides and pamphlets, and articles for sale will be available at the Conservancy tent near the infantry encampment and at the Information Center at 7211 Queen Street. Breakfast and lunch will be available for sale by the Methodist Church on Saturday.
Free parking will be available at both the Methodist Church and the Parish Hall during event hours, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Saturday and 1-4 p.m. on Sunday. Please be aware that some streets, including Leetown Road, will be closed to traffic for short periods during the day on Saturday and on Sunday afternoon to ensure safe movement of re-enactors and spectators.
This event is organized by the Middleway Conservancy Association. The assistance of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Planning Department, and the WV Division of Highways is gratefully acknowledged.
For a complete schedule please view the Middleway Conservancy Web Site at http://www.MiddlewayConservancy.org. For specific questions regarding the reenactment, please contact Bill Chappell at 304-724-2242.