Volume 51, Number 30

eighteen pages

Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, July 24, 2014

Affair at Travisville re-enactment

Submitted
On Thursday afternoon/evening re-enactors from as far away as the mountains of far East Tennessee (Jefferson City) converged on the Cordell Hull Birthplace and Museum State Park and the Pickett County Horsemen’s Association Fairgrounds for The Affair at Travisville – An Educational Bivouac. The 1st Tennessee Cavalry, USV, Schoolfields Battery, 25th Tennessee Infantry, 43rd Tennessee and the 46th Tennessee Medical Unit were represented by at least 45 re-enactors with their horses, guns, etc.

Early Friday morning students from Pickett County Elementary 5th and 6th Grade arrived to learn more about the Civil War. There were stations that shared information about cavalry, artillery, flags, medicine, Billy Hull (Cordell Hull’s father), and relics of the era. The Overton County Home School Association and Clinton County Elementary 5th & 6th Grade toured the encampments later in the day.

On Saturday, gates opened at 9:00 a.m. with the opening ceremonies by the Hull York Memorial Chapter #5 DAV and the Tennessee Calvary. Plenty of time was available for the crowd to tour the facilities and ask any questions they might have as the participants carried out their “day in the life during the Civil War”. At 2:00 p.m., re-enactors gave their interpretation of The Affair at Travisville which actually occurred in nearby Travisville, TN on September 29, 1861. (You can come by the Welcome Center anytime during regular business hours to view the local history on display and learn more.) PAWS of Dale Hollow held a silent auction during the day to help raise funds for their efforts and several vendors were on hand. Sunday, gates opened at 9:00 a.m. as participants carried on their daily activities which included a morning church service. At 2:00 p.m., they held a spectacular battle. The South won this one. Everyone that came out had a wonderful time.

Thank you to EVERYONE that participated. A special thank you though to Bill and Sharon Heard, Bob Nunnery, Lana Baker Rossi, and Bill Robbins for their expert assistance in arranging the event and carrying it to fruition. We would also like to thank VEC CustomerShare, Pickett County Government, The Borderlands Foundation, Friends of Cordell Hull, Pickett County Horsemen’s Association, Byrdstown-Pickett County Chamber of Commerce membership, Pickett County Press, Good Neighbors Theatre, and Hull York Memorial Chapter #5 DAV and DAVA for your support, hard work and monetary contributions.

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