By Seth Littrell
Register News Writer
This weekend North and South clashed once again at the Battle of Richmond Re-enactment.
Hundreds of re-enactors from across the country in full period uniforms gave a glimpse to bystanders of the events of Aug. 29-30, 1862, when the Confederates won their most decisive victory in the state of Kentucky.
An inexperienced and hastily-assembled Union force was defeated by a veteran Confederate army and driven from Big Hill to the Richmond Cemetery with most of those not killed or wounded being captured.
Before and after the battle, re-enactors demonstrated some of the training and leisure activities soldiers of the time participated in at their camps. They answered questions, inspected equipment and practiced moving in formations.
A “sanitary fair” was also part of the event. Civil War sanitary fairs were carnival-like affairs with various forms of entertainment performed to collect donations of money and comforts for wounded soldiers. The fair Saturday featured actors performing scenes from “Hamlet,” telling fortune telling, demonstrating how a Civil War-era field hospital worked, and how maps were made in the 19th century.
Just beyond the sanitary fair was the sutlers’ row, where traveling merchants sold clothes, toys and various other period goods. With the sutlers were local vendors selling food and drinks.
The re-enactment continues today until 4 p.m. with battle scenes at 2 p.m.
For more details about the annual re-enactment, visit www.battleofrichmond.org.