Civil War living history comes to Ashe Oct.26

October 22, 2013

The South rises again this weekend, as the 26th Regiment of North Carolina Troops Reactivated present two historical reenactments at two Ashe County sites Saturday, Oct. 26.

From 10-4 p.m., the 26th will be at the Museum of Ashe County History in Jefferson as part of the Second Annual Fall Leaf Festival. At 6 p.m., the troops will be at Buffalo Tavern Bed & Breakfast at 958 West Buffalo Road, about eight miles west of West Jefferson.

Both sites will feature musket firing demonstrations, drill, a camp set-up, and talks on the history and use of flags on the battlefield. By 6 p.m., it will be dark enough to see the four-foot-long flames shooting from the muzzles of the rifled muskets.

That evening, visitors to Buffalo Tavern will also hear an hour-long presentation from Mary Anna Morrison Jackson of Lincoln County, N.C., widow of Lt. Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson.

Mrs. Jackson will tell how her husband-to-be made a trip from Lexington, Va., to Lincoln County in 1857 to court and marry her in the course of one week.

Reenactments at both sites are free.

Company A of the 26th was formed in Ashe County in the spring of 1861. The regiment fought first at the Battle of New Bern in March 1862.

The 26th became famous at Gettysburg in July 1863, for losing over 90 percent of its men killed, wounded and captured, yet still breaching the Union wall during the Pettigrew-Pickett-Trimble Assault on July 3, 1863. Nearly two-thirds of the men from Ashe County who served with the 26th were killed, wounded, captured, or simply never came home.

The 26th has already been selected by the National Park Service to surrender the colors of the Confederacy at Appomattox Court House in April 2015, at the conclusion of ceremonies recognizing the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.

The regiment is also recruiting new members.

For more information, call Clint Johnson at 982-4456