Battle of Leatherwood reenacted on original battlefield

By: Brittany Nauta Email
By: Brittany Nauta Email

CORNETTSVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) As far as Civil War combats go, the Battle of Leatherwood was a minor incident but organizers of the battle’s reenactment in Cornettsville say the ripples from the skirmish reach all of Eastern Kentucky.

"For fifteen minutes they fired away at each other," said battle character Paul Taulbee.

The booms of the cannons, pops of the musket fire and clicks of the horses’ hooves from the 1862 Battle of Leatherwood are brought to life on its original fighting grounds.

"Our goal is to offer our heritage but to never again repeat such a terrible, terrible time in America," said David Chaltas.

Chaltas portrayed the character of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

"We try to portray history the way it was and to give a factual account of our characters," said Janice Busic who dressed as General Lee’s wife, Mary Custis Lee

Characters at the scene said they are living historians who salute history by reliving the details of the 15 minute battle.

"Without an understanding of the past we have no clue why we are the way we are," said Taulbee.

Taulbee said the battle started when Union soldiers from Harlan saw the Confederates from Whitesburg ransacking watermelons.

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