PRESTONSBURG - The cannons will fire and the screams of wounded men will echo through the mountains as they once did 151 years ago, as the Battle of Middle Creek rages yet again.
Floyd Davis, with the Friends of Middle Creek, says the group will be celebrating the 151st anniversary of the battle, Sept. 6, 7 and 8, at the Middle Creek National Battlefield, near Prestonsburg.
The battlefield is located down the road from Prestonsburg Elementary School at the junction of Routes 114 and 404 One of the earliest battles of the Civil War, the Battle of Middle Creek launched the political career or James Garfield, 20th president of the United States, who served as union commander, during the skirmish.
Camp will be open to school children Friday, Sept. 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and registering reenactors from noon throughout the day. At 7 p.m., the camp will open to the public and at 9 p.m. a 9/11 Luminary Ceremony will be held. At 10:30 p.m., the first ghost walk will be held and is open to the public.
On Saturday, Sept. 7, at 9 a.m., camp will open to the public, with the Battle of Ivy Mountain commencing at 2 p.m. Camp closes to the public at 5 p.m. A dance will be held at 7 p.m., followed by a night firing of cannons and 10 p.m. ghost walk.
Sunday’s festivities will begin at 9 a.m. as camp opens to the public, with a 10 a.m. church service. The weekend’s second running of the Battle of Middle Creek will take place at 2 p.m. and camp will close at 4 p.m.
The educational focus for this year’s event will be on John Hunt Morgan, a Kentucky Confederate hero whose role and presence in Eastern Kentucky is only now being explored.
For information], please contact Prestonsburg tourism at (606) 886-1341, 0r Debbi Manuel, Secretary, Friends of Middle Creek at (606) 886-0170.