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Hazard Herald Article

The Nov. 2 issue of the Hazard Herald has an excellent and perceptive editorial stating the Battle of Leatherwood is a role model for community service. The BOL volunteers work to improve the community through education, entertainment and local history.

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The reenactment went well in spite of some bad weather. Education Day had perfect weather, and we had schools from several counties, and lots to see and hear. We fought in a drizzle Saturday, and had a good battle, and a clear day Sunday with another good battle. Then everyone said goodbye, and went home to look forward to meeting again next year.

Live Nativity Pageant

Area churches have combined to produce a live nativity pageant November 25 at 3 pm. Bleachers will be provided for spectators, as they watch Mary and Joseph proceed through Bethlehem (the blacksmith shop and buildings) to the barn. Angels will sing, shepherds will tend their flock, and we found three wise men. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

Nativity scene

2017 Publication

Our annual publication is now on line. It can be viewed by clicking on the picture, and using the menu clicking on Leatherwood/Publicity/2017 Newsletter.

Reenactor Training

Many people have asked how to get into reenacting, so we will have a school next spring, and offer training in safety on the field, marching in formation, weapon commands, etc. It is tentatively scheduled for the second Saturday in May (May 12). You may register by calling Gary Begley at 606 438-0494, or contacting Kerry Crutcher at

Consignment Service

If all the high living and holiday food has caused you to outgrow your uniform, or you have items you don't need, we offer a consignment service for CW items- uniforms, leathers, surplus guns, etc. The ladies are included, and can sell their ball dress which no longer fits. We sold a couple belts, a jacket and a cap on consignment at the reenactment. This puts money in the seller's pocket, and gives the buyer a nice item at a reduced price.

Shell Jacket

Civil War Artifacts

We have a very good display of CW artifacts, and have recently added several of interest. A Confederate belt buckle with an embedded bullet leads to speculation as to what happened to the owner.

More Artifacts

We recently purchased a board from Elmira prison, a brick from Libby prison, and a bottle from Lookout Point prison to go with our straight razor and print of Andersonville prison. We have a piece of General Lee's hair, and the same from Abraham Lincoln.

Andersonville Prison

Blacksmiths Meet at General Store

The Southeastern Kentucky Blacksmiths Association will meet at the General Store Tuesday, November 21, 6 pm. They will work on various projects in the blacksmith shop November 11.

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Board Meeting

Our next business meeting will be on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 3 pm at the General Store.

General Store

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