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Reenactors rest at the battlefield during the Battle of Richmond Reenactment Saturday.

The annual reenactment of the Battle of Richmond, originally slated for Aug. 29 and 30 of this year, has been canceled.

Officials with the Battle of Richmond Association cite “health concerns arising from the COVID-19 pandemic” as the reason for the cancellation, according to a news release.

“The decision was not made on the spur of the moment. We have been monitoring the situation and how other battlefields have handled their events since the pandemic exploded earlier this year,” David E. Jones, president of the Battle of Richmond Association, said.

“We think it’s best for all of our volunteers, reenactors and guests to cancel. We are already planning on returning next year bigger and better than ever."

According to the release, this is the first time the Battle of Richmond Reenactment has been canceled since its inception in 2002. Each year, the event draws “well over” 4,000 attendees from several states, another cause of concern given the current health crisis.

The association announced it has already set dates for the upcoming 2021 reenactment: Aug. 28-29 of next year.

“Fought on Aug. 29 and 30 of 1862, the Battle of Richmond pitted seasoned Confederate troops under Major General Edmund Kirby Smith against a hastily organized raw ‘army’ under the command of Union Major General William ‘Bull’ Nelson. The day-long battle witnessed Confederates obliterating the Federal in three separate engagements along what is now Battlefield Memorial Highway or U.S. 421/25 in Madison County. Nearly the entire Union army was either killed, wounded or captured,” the release states.

However, the association still plans to hold its Remembrance Blood Drive in partnership with the Kentucky Blood Center to honor the Battle of Richmond. The blood drive is set to take place on Aug. 27 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Madison County Library on West Main Street in Richmond.

For more information, call 859-248-1974 or 859-624-0013.

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