The "Battle of Leatherwood" is a family-oriented event promoting a Civil War battle (which took place on the grounds), pioneer living, the history of our ancestors, genealogy, with, as President Lincoln said, "malice towards none," and we welcome supporters who wear either blue or gray- or neither. We try to entertain our visitors as well as educate them to the lifestyles of our ancestors when they came into this country.
We have two varieties of cane growing at the south end of the battlefield, and three varieties on Maces Creek. These pictures are from Maces Creek. Looks like we will have some large cane this year. Our stir off will be on October 10.
T shirts are now available at the General Store. The design states the date of the battle, shows a salt kettle, since the battle took place at the salt works, and has watermelons and leaves, as the story was that Confederates were stealing watermelons from a deaf and dumb fellow's patch, when the Union troops fired on them. The bottom ribbon is from a 1913 Grand Army of the Republic medal.
We now have a listing of the soldiers involved with the Battle of Leatherwood. Check Leatherwood/History of the battle on the menu. I will provide a temporary link here. Check the listings for your ancestors or relatives.
The Southeastern Kentucky Blacksmiths Association will meet at the General Store Tuesday, August 18, 6 pm. Bring a covered dish for a potluck dinner.
Anyone interested in blacksmithing is welcome.
Danny Estep's Aug. 15 tomahawk class was a great success. Everyone enjoyed it, and had a finished tomahawk at the end. Willis Strong will teach a blacksmith tool-making class on Aug. 27.
The Battle of Leatherwood Board is involved in many things. Of course, our primary focus is to host a fine, family-oriented reenactment. As part of that, we conduct an Education Day for school kids in several counties, demonstrating Civil War activities and pioneer living. Ads and donations pay for this, so all a school needs is bus fare. We send speakers to schools upon request. We make molasses to demonstrate an old process, showing how our ancestors made their sweetener. And, we collect or build examples of architecture and pioneer living which could have been used by our ancestors when they moved into this country. We call this village Brashearville.
Our next Board meeting will be on September 13, 2015 at 3 pm at the General Store. Note the change to the second Sunday, in order for members to attend a reenactment.