One of the bloodiest and largest all-cavalry Civil War battles was fought in Louisa County 150 years ago at Trevilian Station, one that ranged across more than 7,000 acres for two days in 1864. On June 21 and 22 at Brackett’s Farm, re-enactors will bring to life the battle between the Union and the Confederacy troops once again.
During the battle, Union General Phillip Sheridan attempted a raid on the Virginia Central Railroad to break Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s vital supply line from the Shenandoah Valley. Approximately 13,000 cavalrymen were involved and 1,619 were killed or injured.
Brackett’s Farm will host a full slate of entertainment with battles, various demonstrations, music, food and interaction over the course of the two days for young and old.
On Saturday, June 21, the gates will open at 9 a.m. with a demonstration of Civil War hearth cooking by Pat Willis and the Louisa County Historical Society’s Hearth Cooking Guild showing how our ancestors cooked.
There will be tales of the female spies of the Confederacy and musicians from the Shenandoah Minstrels performing period music throughout the day. Dancers from the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Dancers will demonstrate dancing from the era and will welcome the public to join in and try out the moves.
More than 300 re-enactors are scheduled to perform at Brackett’s Farm during the weekend cavalry and infantry battles.
According to Louisa County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Director Jane Shelhorse, re-enactors are coming from across the country from Kentucky, South Carolina, Georgia, New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland. There will be re-enactors from Virginia as well as re-enactors from Alabama, Wyoming, Colorado and Ontario.
The battles are scheduled between 11 a.m. and noon and 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday. On Sunday, June 22, the battles are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m..
To read the entire story, see the June 19 edition of The Central Virginian.