County gets ready to celebrate 150th Civil War battle anniversary

Untitled-3 copyBy CALVIN PYNN


One of the bloodiest engagements during the civil war, the Battle of Cloyd’s Mountain, will have its 150th anniversary commemorated by Pulaski County next weekend. The battle took place in Dublin on May 9, 1864, claiming roughly 1,000 lives between the Union and Confederate forces.

The Pulaski County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee, Pulaski County, the New River Rifles, and the 1st Stuart Artillery will celebrate this coming weekend on Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6. The 150th anniversary festivities will include re-enactments of the battle, bus tours of the area, and historical exhibits.

Mary Catherine Stout, who leads the county’s Sesquicentennial Committee, will use the outside of her home as one of the exhibition areas at the end of the bus tour. Stout’s property is located next to Shuffle Ridge, where the Confederate forces fired their canons during the battle.

According to Stout, there are also two trees on her property that stood during the battle. One is even embedded with bullet shards fired during the melee.

“They’re the only living witnesses,” said Stout.

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2 Responses to County gets ready to celebrate 150th Civil War battle anniversary

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    March 31, 2014 at 3:11 pm

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