The Battle at Black River was reenacted this past weekend at Oak Grove Plantation in Averasboro, NC. The Ploughboys were well represented in the units that make up the Edenton Bell Battery and Braddy’s Battery. Dwight Lovick, Dale Hubbard, Randi Horne, and Mark Whitley helped run the Camp Store. About 1,000 spectators were on hand throughout the weekend. They were able to watch a rare night battle, tour the Oak Grove Plantation house, visit the troops in their camps, watch soap being made, see a blacksmith at work, etc.
The first living history was held at Oak Grove Plantation. It was a huge success. The Plough Boys (pictures below) were heavily involved.
The public was allowed to tour the plantation house, and could see the cannon ball hole left by Confederate troops. The Plough Boys participated in cannon and mortar demonstrations. The Camp Store was set up in the kitchen house. Many folks stopped in and bought a few items.
Overall it was a great event. The plan will be to have a full-scale reenactment next year.
History will come alive this weekend at Averasboro. Come visit Oak Grove Plantation House, an original home used as a Hospital during the Battle of Averasboro. There will be both Confederate and Union Re-inactors on hand. You can tour the Plantation House, walk through the Camps, see live demonstrations, or purchase wares from the sutlers.
The Oak Grove Plantation’s living history will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. There will also be food available for purchase. Cost will be $5 for adults, and children under 12 will be admitted free.
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“Living history meets cannon balls, encampments, and possible ghosts.”