Virginia Military Institute

Virginia Military Institute
Virginia Military Institute in Lexington Virginia.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Encampment at the Henry Clay Estate in Lexington Kentucky

I wanted to quickly mentioned that I stopped by the Encampment at Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate, a few weeks ago.

This was right after we got back from Gettysburg, and we still had the Civil War on our mind.

This was a small event, but we ended up spending a lot of time there, as many of the costumed presenters had a lot of interesting stuff to talk about!

We listened to an artist talk, very much in character, about how an artist during the Civil War would sketch a scene from a battle, and send it to the employing paper.  The presenter showed several sketches he had made at reenactments.

Another presenter talked about the guns and ammunition used.  A large crowd gathered around him, who asked great questions.  I don't know if he planned on focusing his talk on accuracy and distance but the crowd wanted to hear about those topics.  he discussed them in depth.


We talked to Joy Allen Fowler who wrote a novel about a young lady during the Civil War, from a southerners view.  She said that she tried to make it as historically accurate as she could.  She says a sequel should be out soon!

We also chatted with some interesting people who were doing a dig at the site!  it seems that John Hunt Morgan's boys had a brief confrontation with some Yankees on the grounds, and bullets and other items have been found!

I think it is so exciting when you visit a site like this, and you see that a dig is going on!  AND, just like a few weeks earlier at Camp Nelson, the researchers were VERY willing to discuss their findings with anyone.



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