SOUTH MAGOFFIN - The 150th anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Puncheon/Half Mountain is set to be celebrated this weekend, beginning on Friday and running through Sunday.
The Magoffin County Civil War Committee has organized a grand remembrance of the 150th anniversary of the longest, most vicious Civil War battle fought in Eastern Kentucky, to be located at the Puncheon Battlefield Community Park, off of Kentucky Route 7, south of Royalton.
The committee asks that all history and horse lovers consider riding the Dawkins Trail on Friday, April 11, beginning at noon near Royalton as part of the Civil War Battle of Puncheon Reenactment. The ride will duplicate somewhat an actual event that took place 150 years ago, the daring ride to apprise the Union about Confederate activity on Puncheon Camp Creek. This ride of great peril was made by a lady named Eliza Whitaker Joseph and Friday's event will be the first annual Eliza Whitaker Joseph Memorial Trail Ride.
The following is the schedule of events for the weekend:
10 a.m. - Ladies Tea.
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Living History Presentation
3 p.m. - Reenactment
7 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Civil War Ball. Dress up or come as you are, everyone is welcome!
Things to see and do all day - zip line, petting zoo, pony and buggy rides, vendors and craftspeople, Kentucky Historical Society Mobile Museum, and special guest speakers.
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. - Church services
2 p.m. - Reenactment