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History Steeped in Battle
At one point in the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln reckoned the loss of Kentucky as being the equal to losing the whole game. With the city of Pikeville being the location of which U.S. President James A. Garfield was given his commission as a Brigadier General in the Union Army after his victory at the Battle of Middle Creek, there is little wonder why Pike County is such an enticing locale for Civil War buffs. Pike County's history is steeped in the Civil War and is arguably one of the most historically significant locales in the nation. It is widely believed that the Hatfield and McCoy Feud actually stemmed from tensions brought on by the Civil War conflict, with the McCoys favoring the North, and the Hatfields being staunch rebels that were loyal to the South.
Kentucky's Fastest Growing Civil War Re-enactment
Pike County is home to the fastest growing Civil War re-enactment in Kentucky, Bushwhacking on the Russell Fork. Held in Elkhorn City over the Memorial Day Weekend, Bushwhacking the Russell Fork features a wide variety of activities that honor those who gave their lives to forge our great nation. Civil War battles are brought to life with two skirmishes taking place over the weekend, complete with thundering cannons and volleys of gunfire.
The event also features several interesting ceremonies and presentations, such as Children's Tea, speeches from famous historical Civil War figures, memorial service for the Unknown Soldier, a military ball, a parade and much more. Plan a stay for the entire weekend and experience Bushwhacking on the Russell Fork for yourself. You'll never look at history the same way again.
For a Civil War experience you'll never forget, join us for the annual Bushwhacking the Russell Fork. Come see live performances of Civil War Battles, presentations and more.
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