The Annual Civil War Weekend in Hurricane, West Virginia.
This event actually commemorates two engagements of the Civil War separated by a space of several years. Reenactors commemorate the skirmish of 1863 at Hurricane Bridge and the Scary Creek skirmish held at the Valley Park (Wave Pool location). This event includes exciting battle maneuvers and tactical demonstrations, “true-to-life” campsites and sutler merchants who handle authentic supplies for reenactors as well as gifts and collectibles. Period Crafts, Storytelling, Night Firing of the cannons, Parade Drills, Ladies’ Tea, Historical Lantern Tour and a Military Dance round out this very special weekend event.
Beginning in 1998, and held annually the last full weekend of March, the Civil War weekend is our area’s tribute to the brave men of the South and the North who were willing to lay their lives down for what they believed. We invite you to walk through the camps and ask questions. The reenactors are happy to talk about this period in time that dramatically shaped the future of our nation. Held annually the last full weekend of March. EXCEPTION: If easter falls on the last weekend of March, the event is held the following weekend.
PUBLIC NOTICE: CAUTION! This event involves gunpowder, firearms & potentially dangerous activities. Please exercise caution at all times. Sponsors, hosts and participants are not responsible for accidents. via Civil War Weekend.
The Battle Of Scary Creek
The Battle of Scary Creek was a minor battle fought during the American Civil War across the Kanawha River from present day Nitro in Putnam County, West Virginia on July 17, 1861.
The battle occurred four months after the beginning of the war and days before the first major battle at Manassas (Bull Run). Union forces under General Jacob Cox began a push up the Kanawha Valley from Ohio.
Confederate General Henry A. Wise commanded a few thousand troops stationed near present day St. Albans, WV.
The battle occurred when Colonel John W. Lowe and several Union regiments advanced toward the Confederate camp. Captain George S. Patton, the grandfather of the famous George S. Patton of World War II, commanded the Confederate line behind Scary Creek, several miles from the main Confederate camp. A heated firefight took place in which Captain Patton was wounded, with Captain Albert Gallatin Jenkins taking command. After several Union attempts to charge across the bridge near the mouth of the creek were repulsed, the Federal forces withdrew.