History Comes to Life in Morgan County

by Brittany Shannon on July 11, 2010 at 7:40 am

The 21st century is getting a first-hand look at what life was like on the Civil War battlefield.

For 23 years, Morgan County has been the site for the reenactment of ‘Morgan’s Raid,’ one specific battle in a series of battles that took confederate General John Hunt Morgan through Tennessee, Kentucky, and Ohio. Re-enactors surely look the part, but they also act the part as they bring history to life with booms from canons and smoke from muskets.

"It’s things like that that really teach history. The best way. You can sit down and read books, but when you come out and you see the men on horses and mules and the cannons fired and the artillery and all this, it really brings it to life," says Lonny Colmbs who plays the part of General John Hunt Morgan.

"When we come out it’s because someone over here doesn’t know things, and we try to give them insight," says re-enactor Ernie Parnell.

People of all ages came out to Dr. Robert Richmond’s farm to witness the battle reenactment.

"We just love history, and we love watching war," says Lane Sheppard.

"And we also like to enjoy a good fight," says Tyler Welsh.

There’s people from all over the country that take part in the Civil War reenactment.