Nick McWilliams reporting – The village of Zoar never saw a Civil War battle, but that will not stop residents from enjoying the recreation of one of the first battles that tested the nation.

The biannual event in the village is hosted by the Zoar Community Association and features hundreds of actors recreating famous battles.

Coordinator Darrell Markijohn says this year marks the 155th anniversary of General Ulysses S. Grant’s Overland Campaign, and commemorates the first encounter of the war’s most famous generals.

“Saturday, we’ll be reenacting the Battle of the Wilderness. It’s actually the first clash between [Confederate] General [Robert E.] Lee and General Grant. It took place in Virginia, in a, as the name states, it was in a rugged area of overgrown trees. It’s a horrible place to fight a battle.”

To portray the area well, troops will decide on an area behind the levee which is full of down trees and brush.

On Sunday, the battlefield and reenacted battle will change, this time to the Battle of the Mule Shoe.

“That was an engagement where the Union Army assaulted the Confederate troops who were located behind trenches, and as the [name] Mule Shoe designates, [it’s] an area that extended beyond the trench in sort of a bulge. And because of that, it drew all the attention of the federal assaults.”

A trench has been dug, and the field has been laid out for the weekend.

A cannon-fire display at night, camps, presentations from Abraham Lincoln, a medical “expert” from the period and many other features will all be part of Zoar Village.

Tickets are $10 a piece, while children 12 and under are free, and more information on what will be featured can be found at

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