Living History Event commemorates 150th anniversary of Willamston skirmish


The 12th Annual Battle of Anderson Civil War Reenactment will be held April 17-19 on Hwy. 252 near Honea Path. The living history weekend will feature an education day on Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and activities will take place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The event commemorates the 150th anniversary of the last skirmish east of the Mississippi which took place in the Williamston Township.

There will be reenactments with confederate and union camps, special presentations, tours and battle reenactments on Saturday and Sunday. The H. L. Hunley, the world’s first successful combat submarine, traveling exhibit will be on display during the event. Williamston’s Civil War Cannon, “Miss Annie Lee” will be on display and will be fired.

One of the many attractions at this year’s event will be period music. The featured band is the 5th Alabama Infantry Regimental Band. The ensemble will play music that would have been popular during the War Between the States.

According to event organizer Allen Ashley, a special dance featuring period music and dancers in period attire will take place on Saturday evening, April 18, at 7 pm. The public is invited to join in the festivities.

A practice session will be held at 6:30 pm to give novices a chance to learn old favorites such as the Virginia Reel.

Education Day will be held on Friday, Apr. 17, starting at 9 am. Admission for students on Education Day is $5.

Living history exhibits such as military weapons and homefront cooking will be part of the many things to see.

“This will be a terrific event for the whole family, and a chance to learn more about the 150th anniversary of the War Between the States,” Ashley said. For more information, call 864-934-4075.

Directions – From Honea Path, Hwy. 252, turn left on Hwy. 20, watch for signs. Additional information online at