Civil War Days Living History event planned for Memorial Day weekend

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This year marks the 20th Annual Civil War Days Living History event at Union Fort Duffield in West Point.


The Memorial Weekend Living History program is an educational and entertaining experience for the whole family. Union and Confederate reenactors bring to life the history of one of Kentucky’s nearly forgotten Civil War treasurers and the daily life of the Civil War soldier.

Opening ceremonies are at noon May 27, with continuous presentations on weapons and uniforms and infantry and artillery firings.

At 1 p.m., Larry Elliott portrays President Lincoln in the first person, from his humble roots in Kentucky, to growing up in Indiana, to becoming a self-taught lawyer in Illinois, to becoming our 16th president, who preserved the Union and freed the slaves, to his untimely death at Fords Theatre.

Skirmishes are at 2 and 4 p.m.

Gov & Mrs. (Lucinda) John LaRue Helm, portrayed by Steve and Lisa Lindsey of Elizabethtown, will talk to visitors about their loyalty to preserving the Union and their tragic connection to President and Mrs. Lincoln.

Samuel Pearman is portrayed by Gary Kempf of Elizabethtown. Sam Pearman tried to settle West Point in 1776. Meet Sam and answer questions on Kentucky and U.S. History.

The day will include Civil War music, souvenirs and food.

Admission is $5 per person, $15 per family, parents and children younger than 18.

On May 28, Memorial Day Services at 10 a.m. at Fort Duffield Memorial Cemetery. The speaker is Dan Colon, commander, Department of Kentucky, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, presented by Fort Duffield, Camp No. 1, Dept. of KY, S.U.V.C.W. Free. Early arrival is suggested, bring a chair for guaranteed seating.

All proceeds benefit the continuing restoration, maintenance and interpretation of Fort Duffield.

The entrance to Fort Duffield is on Dixie Highway, U.S. 31W, at Salt River Drive, just 7.5 miles south of the Gene Snyder Freeway and 9 miles north of the main entrance to Fort Knox.

Shuttle service is available for those unable to walk the ¼-mile trail to the fort.

For information or to arrange group tours, contact Fort Duffield Heritage Committee (502) 922-4574 or FortDuffield@insightbb.com. For a virtual tour about the history of Union Fort Duffield, visit www.fortduffield.com, or visit historic West Point at www.westpointky.org.