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154th Anniversary of Battle of Richmond, Civil War Re-Enactment, August 27-28

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Battle of Richmond, Ky., Civil War Re-Enactment, August 27-28,
commemorating the 154th Anniversary of the 1862 battle.

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The Civil War will again invade the rolling hills of Madison County in late August. The annual Battle of Richmond Re-enactment will be held on August 27 and 28 at Richmond Battlefield Park off of US 421 south of Richmond (1546 Battlefield Memorial Highway). Hours are 10 AM until 4 PM each day, with battles scheduled for 2 PM. The Battle of Richmond Visitors Center, located at the intersection of US 25 and 421 just north of the park, is the perfect place to start your visit. Hours for that weekend will be 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM. There is a parking fee of $10 per vehicle to help pay bounties for the cannons and for the horses to offset their expenses. Don't wait until nearly 2 p.m. to arrive for the battle. There is plenty of parking, but the number visiting is high. Use Exit 83 off I-75 and watch for signs. Children are highly encouraged to attend, but please leave your four legged friends at home. There will be numerous events scheduled throughout the day. The event is sponsored by the Battle of Richmond Association, in cooperation with the Madison County Fiscal Court’s Dept. of Historic Properties. The Battle of Richmond Association has bought a cannon which is at Visitors Center. We have just over $3300 for a limber for the cannon. Your donations will be very much appreciated. Over 200 people and organizations have helped. Mt. Zion Christian Church, located just ½ mile north of Richmond Battlefield Park, will be conducting a period worship service 11 a.m. on Sunday. Period attire is encouraged but not required. The Battle of Richmond, fought on August 29 & 30, 1862, was an integral part of an advance into Kentucky by the Confederacy in hopes of winning Kentucky for the south. This campaign culminated with the Battle of Perryville in early October 1862. The Battle of Richmond pitted Union Major General William Nelson’s forces against Confederate Major General Edmund Kirby Smith’s troops. The battle, fought in basically three phases, climaxed with the Federal forces being routed after a fight in the Richmond Cemetery. The remnants of this shattered Union force were captured in masse north of Richmond on the Lexington Road. The Battle of Richmond was a resounding Confederate victory. Since 2001, the Battle of Richmond Association has help save over 500 acres of pivotal battlefield land in and around Richmond, as well as providing high quality educational and recreational events. The association relies entirely on donations and memberships for funding. For more information, log on at battleofrichmond.org, or write the Battle of Richmond Association, 101 Battlefield Memorial Highway, Richmond, Ky. 40475, or call 859-248-1974 or 859-624-0013. Emails may be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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