Madison County: The 150th anniversary of Battle of Richmond

August 22, 2012 

Lowell and Katharine Land's Dixie Rosé, from their Acres of Land Winery, commemorates the Battle of Richmond.

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Louisville's Obadiah Ewing-Roush portrays the Rev. John G. Fee, an ardent abolitionist and founder of Berea College, as part of the Kentucky Chautauqua series sponsored by the Kentucky Humanities Council.

On Sunday, Ewing-Roush will give life to the fiery Fee at Mount Zion Christian Church as he delivers the 11 a.m. sermon at the Civil War service that is part of the Battle of Richmond Re-enactment Weekend.

This year's Saturday-Sunday event commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Richmond, which was Aug. 29 and 30, 1862.

About 300 re-enactors are expected to participate in the battle re-enactment at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A special re-enactment is set for 9:30 a.m. Sunday at Bluegrass Army Depot.

Portrayals of Abraham Lincoln, Gen. U.S. Grant and presentations on Civil War music, period stories and sketch artistry will be part of the weekend. The First Kentucky Brigade Band will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, and a ladies' social is set for Saturday morning.

Boy Scout troops will conduct opening ceremonies on Saturday and Sunday, and a special Court of Honor will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday.

All events and activities are free from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Parking is $5.

For more information, call Battle of Richmond Association managing director Paul Rominger at (859) 248-1974.

The Battle of Richmond Association was formed in 2001 to preserve the history and heritage of the Civil War Battle of Richmond. The battle was the second-largest in Kentucky and the most overwhelming Confederate victory of the war.

Wine's profits go toward preservation efforts

Madison County's only winery is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Richmond with its newest wine. Acres of Land's Dixie Rosé is being introduced to honor those who fought and died in the 1862 conflict.

Profits from the sale of the beverage will be donated to the Battle of Richmond Association in its efforts to preserve the history and heritage of Kentucky's second-largest Civil War encounter.

Dixie Rosé is packaged in a commemorative bottle in a promotion that will continue through the Battle of Richmond Association's re-enactment this weekend. It will be sold at seven Madison County beverage locations and at Acres of Land for $24.95.

Acres of Land Winery was formed in 2005 and produces 15 varieties of wine at its 615-acre facility six miles west of Richmond.

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