President Abraham Lincoln will be at the Battle of Richmond Re-enactment Weekend Friday through Sunday. He'll play in the golf tournament at 10 a.m. Friday and will appear at noon and 1:30 p.m. Saturday with author Susan Dyer, who will discuss the trial of the conspirators involved in the Lincoln assassination plot.
Registration for the golf tournament, a celebrity best-ball scramble, will be accepted until 9:30 a.m. Saturday if space is available. The entry fee, $90 a person and $350 per team, covers golf cart, greens fees, two mulligans, a putting contest, lunch, beverages and a reception. Call tournament chair George N. Ridings at (859) 661-3289 for more information.
About 300 re-enactors will participate in the re creation of the 1862 battle. Re-enactments are scheduled at 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Ten living history presenters will be at the event Saturday and Sunday. The nighttime artillery firing begins at 9 Saturday.
All activities take place at Battlefield Park on Battlefield Memorial Highway (U.S. 421) just south of Richmond. Admission is free. Spectators might want to bring lawn chairs.
America's 16th president, as portrayed by Larry Elliott of Louisville, will perform with his wife, Mary, who portrays Mary Todd Lincoln, on Saturday, with each appearance preceded by Dyer, author of Lincoln's Advocate, the Life of Judge Joseph Holt.
Holt, the nation's first judge advocate general and a Kentucky native, prosecuted those involved in the assassination plot. Dyer will provide a lead-in to Elliott's presentation, emphasizing background information about Holt and his role in the trial.
The annual Civil War Ladies Social will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pleasant View Estate, and Mount Zion Christian Church will conduct its authentic Civil War service at 11 a.m. Sunday. The service will be led by teaching elders, a traditional worship activity during the era.
Civil War portrayals also will be provided by Robert Preston (Bull Nelson) and Paul Taulbee (Cassius Clay).
Mike Grimes will perform Civil War music, and sutlers, merchants and food vendors will be on hand.
The Battle of Richmond Association was formed in 2001 to preserve the history and heritage of the Battle of Richmond, which occurred Aug. 29 and 30, 1862. The battle was the second-largest in Kentucky and the most overwhelming Confederate victory of the entire war.
For more information, call association managing director Paul Rominger at (859) 248-1974.