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Battle of Blountville

"2012 Battle of Blountville"
      4th Annual Re-Enactment Historic Blountville, Tennessee

Event hosted by Lt. Robert D. Powel Camp #1817, Tennessee Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism.


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

FRI, JUNE 22

  • 03:00 PM to 09:00 PM, Registration and Encampment (Reenactors, Food Vendors, Sutlers)
  • 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM, Tours of the Historic Deery Inn

SAT., JUNE 23

  • 09:00 AM, Camps open to the general public
  • 09:00 AM, Deery Inn tours open from 9 AM to 4 PM (Suggested donation $5)
  • 10:30 AM, Civil War Stories for Children, presented by Dr. Nancy Hamblen Acuff
  • 11:00 AM, Military demos: Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery, Recruitment, Trial/Execution
  • 12:00 Noon, Visit Food Vendors for Lunch
  • 12:30 PM, Street Skirmish
  • 01:00 PM, Civil War Stories, presented by Dr. Nancy Hamblen Acuff
  • 01:30 PM, "Meet General Robert E. Lee"
  • 02:00 PM, BATTLE OF BLOUNTVILLE RE-ENACTMENT
  • 03:00 PM, H. K. Edgerton, African-American Confederate Historian and Activits
  • 03:30 PM, "Meet Abe Lincoln"
  • 04:00 PM, Civil War period music provided by John VanArsdale
  • 05:00 PM, Visit Food Vendors for Evening Meal
  • 05:00 PM, "Feed the Troops", Beans and cornbread supper for reenactors only
  • 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM, Evening Social and Civil War Period Dance, hosted by 1860s Living History and Dance Society, and period music

SUN., JUNE 24

  • 09:00 AM, Camps open to the public
  • 10:00 AM, Period Worship Service, by Rev. Jim Woods, 31st Tenn. Inf.
  • 11:00 AM, Military demos: Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery, Recruitment, Trial/Execution
  • 02:00 PM, BATTLE OF BLOUNTVILLE RE-ENACTMENT
  • 03:00 PM, Troops retire to camps. Event closes.

Authentic Civil War Period Sutlers include:

  • Ole Doc Bell Wizard Elixirs, featuring homemade rootbeer, birch beer, cream soda, lemonade
  • Eller Brothers Civil War Medical Tent, featuring period medical tools
  • Tennessee Quiltworks, displaying quilts made of Civil War period fabrics
  • Dutch Fork Depot, a full military sutler dealing in uniforms, leathergoods, canteens, suspenders, coats, jackets, shirts, pants, belts, brass and more
  • Vacant Chair Photography (see below)

Hear some Civil War stories by Dr. Nancy Hamblen Acuff, tour the Old Deery Inn, and listen to some Civil War music provided by CanJoe John.

Enjoy some wonderful food as you tour the camps! The following foods will be available from our Food Vendors: Barbecue, Hot Dogs, Polish Sausage, Funnel Cakes, Curley Taters, Deep Fried Oreos, Kettlecorn, Cotton Candy, Shaved Ice, Nachos, Chips, Lemonade, and other drinks.

Battle of Blountville Reenactment


ABOUT THE EVENT
          
                    

BLOUNTVILLE, TN - Now in its fourth year, the 2012 Battle of Blountville Re-enactment will be held June 22-24, 2012 on the grounds of the historic Sullivan County Courthouse in downtown Blountville, TN.    Sponsored by the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism and the Lt. Robert D. Powel Camp #1817, TN Sons of Confederate Veterans, the heritage tourism event is an educational endeavor with a special focus on Civil War history.  The event is free and open to the general public.

Re-enactors will begin setting up camp on Friday, June 22 from 5 PM to 9 PM, and camps will open to the public at 9 AM on Saturday, June 23. This year's event will include an increased number of re-enactors and participants from across the region.  Participating reenactment units include:

  • 4th / 59th Tennessee, Co. B
  • 8th Tennessee Infantry, Co. C
  • 12th Tennessee Cavalry, Co. B
  • 19th Tennessee Infantry, Co. B
  • 31 Tennessee Infantry, Co. D
  • 37th Virginia Infantry, Co. E (as the 13th Tenn. Inf.)
  • 46th Tennessee Volunteer Infantry, Co. K
  • 50th Virginia Infantry
  • 39th Kentucky Infantry
  • 61st Tennessee Light Artillery
  • 79th New York Infantry, Co. A
  • 79th New York Infantry, Co. H

With an emphasis on children’s education, this year's event will also include an all-new Scavenger Hunt for children interested in learning more about the Civil War.  This special event will run from 9 AM to 2 PM on Saturday.  Forms for the Scavenger Hunt will be available at the Registration Booth near the old Sheriff's Home located on Hwy. 394 behind the old Sullivan County Courthouse.

Morning events on Saturday and Sunday will include Military Demos for Infantry, Cavalry, and Artillery. Saturday events will also include Tours of the Old Deery Inn from 9 AM to 5 PM.  A Children's Civil War Story Hour will begin at 10 AM at the Anderson Townhouse on the Great Stage Road, with stories provided by Dr. Nancy Hamblen Acuff and music accompaniment by CanJoe John and Jim Graybeal.   The group will also provide a special Civil War Story-telling Hour for all ages at 1 PM on Saturday in the Anderson Townhouse.  Known for her splendid story-telling interwoven with historical events, Dr. Acuff delights young and old with her special Civil War stories.

Saturday events will also include a "Street Skirmish" at 12:30 PM, followed by the Battle of Blountville Re-enactment at 2 PM.

"Meet General Robert E. Lee" will take place at 1:30 PM on Saturday in front of the old Sullivan County Courthouse.  Kentucky educator and historian David Chaltas does a superb job in his portrayal of General Lee.  Saturday afternoon events will also include a 3 PM presentation by H. K. Edgerton, an African-American Confederate Historian and Activist.  Mr. Edgerton's presentation will be followed by "Meet Abraham Lincoln" at 3:30 PM.  Both events will take place on the southeast portico of the Sullivan County Courthouse.  Also see “Col. Fulkerson”, and Lee’s Aid de Camp Marshall, portrayed by Lynn Hammond!

Civil War Period Music will be presented by Dr. John Van Arsdale (CanJoe John) at 4 PM on Saturday in the Community Park. Known as the "world's most unique musician", Dr. Van Arsdale has the experience and expertise of designing and hand-crafting perfectly functional and very beautiful musical works of art in every "canceivable" way.

Especially unique to this year's event, "The Main Street Social and Civil War Period Dance" will take place on Sat. from 7 PM to 9 PM on the main street (Great Stage Road) in front of the Historic Sullivan County Courthouse in downtown Blountville.  The event will be presented by the 1860s Living History and Dance Society which is comprised of a large group of families who offer demonstrations on fashion, dress and dance from the Civil War time period.  The authentic period dance will be accompanied by CanJoe John and his period Civil War group. 

Sunday's events include a Period Worship Service at 10 AM led by Rev. Jim Woods of the 31st Tenn. Infantry.  The service will be held at the Community Park behind the Sullivan County Courthouse.  Sunday’s Battle of Blountville Re-enactment will be held at 2 PM on Great Stage Road in front of the courthouse.

Period sutlers include Dutch Fork Depot, a full-line military sutler from York, South Carolina, offering reproductions of actual Civil War attire such as uniforms, leathergoods, canteens, suspenders, boots, jackets, shirts, pants, belts, brass, and other period items.  Sutlers also include Vacant Chair Photography Studio, a family-owned business passionate about art, history, and wet plate photography, along with Tennessee Quiltworks who will display quilts specially made of Civil War Reproduction fabrics.  Be sure to see the Civil War Washerwoman and her display of washboards! Rocky Top Sutlery will also be on hand with a wide array of Civil War items, as well as the Eller Brothers Civil War Medical Tent.

Food vendors include Good Time Concessions, Mama's Lemonade and others providing hotdogs, barbeque, Polish sausage, tacos, curly taters, nachos, funnel cakes, deep fried oreos, shaved ice, cotton candy, and more!

The Registration Booth will be open to the public beginning at 9 AM on Saturday and Sunday, and the event will conclude at 3 PM on Sunday, June 23, 2012.

Additional event information available at www.facebook.com, Battle of Blountville Civil War Park and Reenactment.

For further information, please call 423.323.4660.


Don't miss the exciting, "Vacant Chair Studio"...

Battle of Blountville: Vacant Chair Studio

2012 BATTLE OF BLOUNTVILLE RE-ENACTMENT COMMITTEE

  • Daryl Melear, Chairman
  • Rev. C. R. “Rick” Morrell, Vice Chairman
  • David Roberts
  • Bill Hicks
  • Alan Hayes
  • John Byington
  • Carl Jenkins
  • Bob Dotson
  • Dr. Martin “Marty” Tant
  • Shelia Steele Hunt

Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism:Civil War Dance
1860s Living History and Dance Society will appear at 2012 Battle of Blountville Re-Enactment

The 1860s Living History and Dance Society is composed of a group of families interested in the Civil War civilian population. The group formed in 2009 and offers many demonstrations on fashion, dress and dance from the Civil War time period. We are pleased that the group will be appearing at the 2012 Battle of Blountville Re-Enactment.

 
Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism
Post Office Box 3179 / Blountville, TN 37617
(423) 323-4660  office  /  (423) 323-4635 fax
www.historicsullivan.com
www.facebook.com/historicsullivan

 

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