The 13th Battle of Anderson Civil War reenactment and living history event will feature Confederate & Federal troops, cavalry, artillery, and home-front demonstrations. This year’s event will be held April 15-17. Friday, April 15, is Education Day, starting at 9 AM.
The reproduction of the H. L. Hunley will be on display for the event, starting at 4 PM on Friday. Information regarding the Educational Events and the weekend military reenactments may be obtained from John Vaughn, at 864-607-2062 and email AOCVAUGHN@BELLSOUTH.NET or Allen Ashley at 864-934-4075.
The event location is 715 Due West Road (Hwy. 20), Honea Path, SC 29654. Education Day Admission $5, with free pass for Saturday or Sunday, when accompanied by an adult. Ticket Prices: $10. Children under 6 are free
The Battle of Anderson was a minor skirmish during the American Civil War, fought in Anderson County, on May 1, 1865. The battle was one of the final conflicts of the war, taking place three weeks after Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House.
The Battle of Anderson County was fought in the closing days of the Civil War… after the issue had largely been decided. Still… while it might not have the same recognition as a “Gettysburg” or an “Antietam”, the Battle of Anderson has drawn sufficient interest, from those with a love of history, for there to be a reenactment of the clash which featured the Citadel Cadets.
The battle… according to reenactment organizers was the last Civil War battle, or skirmish… east of the Mississippi River. According to history, the Confederate forces suffered no casualties… and the Union forces had two casualties in a skirmish that took place on May 1, 1865.
Where the exact battle took place is a subject of debate amongst historians. While it appears to be true that it took place in what is now Anderson County… there is no consensus of the exact spot, however local historians say it was near I-85 and Shiloh Methodist Church in the Piedmont area.
The 13th Battle of Anderson reenactment will take place on Due West Road outside of Honea Path April 15-17.