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Civil War Living History sets up camp in Ashe

The 26th Regiment of North Carolina Troops Reactivated will be in Ashe County on Saturday,
Oct. 26, at the Museum of Ashe County History and at Buffalo Tavern Bed & Breakfast.

Originally published: Oct. 18, 2013
Last modified: Oct. 18, 2013

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Members of the 26th Regiment of North Carolina Troops Reactivated will be giving demonstrations at two sites on Saturday, Oct. 26.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the regiment will be at the Museum of Ashe County History in Jefferson, at the 1904 Courthouse, as part of the events 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 4-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, the widow of Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. Jackson was from Lincoln County, Mary Anna met her future husband only one time years earlier before he made a trip from Lexington, Va. to Lincoln County in 1857 to both court and marry her in the course of a week. Mary Anna will offer the details on that courtship.

The demonstrations at both sites are free. The 26NCT is also recruiting new members

Company A of the 26NCT was formed in Ashe County in the spring of 1861. The regiment fought first at the Battle of New Bern, in March 1862. It became famous at Gettysburg in July 1863 for losing more than 90 percent of its men killed, wounded and captured, but still being a regiment that breached 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 26NCT were killed, wounded, captured or simply never came home. The 26NCT has already been selected by the National Park Service to surrender the colors of the Confederacy at Appomattox Court House in April 2015 to end ceremonies recognizing the 150th anniversary of the start and end of the Civil War.

For more information, contact Clint Johnson at (336) 982-4456.

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