14th annual Battle of Middle Creek reenactment entertains large crowd

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FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - January 10th, 1862, the Battle of Middle Creek took place in Eastern Kentucky.

Officials said it is the largest battle that took place in this region.

"It was one of the largest and probably the most influential battle that happened in Eastern Kentucky," said Patrick Davis.

Davis is an organizer of the annual reenactment event.

With the tap of a drum, the 14th annual reenactment of the Battle of Middle Creek began Saturday.

"It ended up opening up the Pound Gap and the Cumberland Gap to the Union to invade the confederacy. It also made the presidency of James A. Garfield," Davis explained.

Davis told WYMT these reenactments are important for all ages.

"Sometimes you'll get the younger kids and they want to come see the cannons fire," Davis pointed out. While the older generations usually come for the history lesson.

"The big thing of course that everybody talks about is the battle itself but they need to make sure they go to the camps after the battles," said David.

These camps are part of the experience many may not know about.

"You can go talk to the reenactors in their camps and they're always going to have stories they want to tell. They have kits and different equipment they want to tell you about," explained David.

Volunteer Jason Johnson said there is a little something for everyone to enjoy.

"There are multiple things to enjoy. From the church service, from dinner, from the reenactment itself to watch it. There's a lot of things to get involved in that's a way to bring our community together to study history," said Johnson.

Their main goal is to keep history alive while teaching a valuable lesson.

"If you don't study history, you are doomed to repeat it," Johnson pointed out.

Before the big event, the Mayor of Prestonsburg, Les Stapleton announced a $100,000 grant awarded to Floyd County with intent to pave the parking lot at the reenactment site plus paving for the 10.2-mile trail.

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