I should have promoted this weeks ago. If you're in the Anderson/Belton/Honea Path area of South Carolina, come see our local reenactment of one of the last skirmishes of the eastern theater. It's a smaller event, with education day on Friday, Confederate and Union camps, and usually just a few sutlers. The event location is 715 Due West Road (Hwy. 20), Honea Path, SC 29654, and admission is $10. Children under 6 are free. Battle is at 2:00 on Saturday and Sunday. I'll be there, so come by the 2nd South Carolina camp and say hello.
A little history:
A little history:
The Battle of Anderson was a minor skirmish during the American Civil War, fought in Anderson County, on May 1, 1865. The battle was one of the final conflicts of the war, taking place three weeks after Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House.
The Battle of Anderson County was fought in the closing days of the Civil War… after the issue had largely been decided. Still… while it might not have the same recognition as a “Gettysburg” or an “Antietam”, the Battle of Anderson has drawn sufficient interest, from those with a love of history, for there to be a reenactment of the clash which featured the Citadel Cadets.
The battle… according to reenactment organizers was the last Civil War battle, or skirmish… east of the Mississippi River. According to history, the Confederate forces suffered no casualties… and the Union forces had two casualties in a skirmish that took place on May 1, 1865.
Where the exact battle took place is a subject of debate amongst historians. While it appears to be true that it took place in what is now Anderson County… there is no consensus of the exact spot, however local historians say it was near I-85 and Shiloh Methodist Church in the Piedmont area.