Fort Mulligan Day to Celebrate 150th Anniversary of Civil War Fort

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Celebration takes place August 17, 2013 in Petersburg, WV and includes speaker portrayals, military demonstrations, tours and music

A cannon being shot at Fort Mulligan Day, 2012.

It’s a very important historical Civil War site not only for Grant County, but all of West Virginia. It is one of the lesser-known historical sites in Grant County, making it one of Grant County’s best-kept secrets.

Grant County is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Fort Mulligan, a historical Civil War site that was built in 1863 and is one of the only earthen forts still remaining in the country. “Fort Mulligan Day” festivities will take place August 17, 2013 from 10 AM to 10 PM at Fort Mulligan in Petersburg, WV and will include speaker portrayals, military demonstrations, vendors and music.

The sesquicentennial celebration begins at 10 AM when the fort opens, followed by speaker portrayals, which include General Robert E Lee, General Jubal Early and General Ulysses S. Grant at 10:30 AM, 12:30 AM, 3 PM and 4 PM.

A scripted Civil War skirmish is scheduled for 1:30 PM, followed by a Ladies Tea at 2 PM and a period dance at 7:00 PM. There will also be period craftsman, music, food and craft vendors. For the adventurous, lantern tours of the Fort and camps begin at 9:00 PM.

The South Branch of the Potomac River was a middle ground, sought after by both the Union and Confederate troops during the Civil War because of its location between the Shenandoah Valley and the Upper Potomac region.

The fort was constructed in 1863 by Union troops under Colonel James A. Mulligan to protect the South Branch Valley from Confederate forces and is built entirely of dirt and lined with timber. Troops also used the fort as an auxiliary depot.

“For years the fort was inaccessible until it’s historical significance was recognized by group of residents who organized and began taking steps to ensure its preservation,” said Hanna Weaver, Executive Director of the Grant County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “It’s a very important historical Civil War site not only for Grant County, but all of West Virginia. It is one of the lesser-known historical sites in Grant County, making it one of Grant County’s best-kept secrets. We’re hoping that will change as more people learn about its significance.”

For more information about Fort Mulligan Day, please visit http://www.grantcountywva.com or call the Grant County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 304-257-9266.

Grant County, West Virginia is host to several nationally recognized attractions including Dolly Sods Wilderness Area, Smoke Hole Caverns, and the North Fork Mountain Trail. The area is rich in history with a variety of historical structures and sites. Annual events include elegant dinner trains, Spring Mountain Festival in late April, and the Christmas Festival of Lights holiday light display in Welton Park. For more information about Grant County, please 304-257-9266 or visit http://www.grantcountywva.com.

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