A new season of Civil War reenactments will begin April 28 when the Galax-based 24th Virginia Infantry Regiment journeys to Botetourt County to participate in the annual Battle of Buchanan weekend.
Living history events and several battles will fill the long weekend, which will actually begin at the downtown Buchanan site on April 27 with the host artillery unit setting up cannon displays and school field trips that day. Members of the 24th Virginia will begin arriving in camp that Friday and will portray a Federal regiment, the 83rd Pennsylvania, all weekend.
The 24th Virginia held its annual dinner and meeting on Feb. 25 and planned for what should be a full and exciting year of living history events.
Prior to Buchanan, several members will present a special display at the Salem Museum on March 25 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
A living history and battle weekend will be held May 19-21 at Bost Grist Mill near Concord, N.C., followed by the 160th anniversary Battle of Gettysburg, June 23-25; Battle of Dry Creek, White Sulfur Springs, W.Va., Aug. 18-20; and the Battle of Marion, Sept. 8-10.
Then will come three straight weekends of events for the 24th Virginia, including their biggest of the year, which is also the closest event to Carroll County – the JEB Stuart Birthplace Encampment and Civil War weekend, Oct. 6-8 in Ararat. This will be followed by the Battle of Droop Mountain, W.Va., Oct. 13-15; and the Battle of Cedar Creek, Oct. 20-22.
A Veterans Day parade in Roanoke will include several members of the 24th.
Events may be added to the schedule this year at the Shot Tower Historical Park near Fort Chiswell and Matthews Farm near Galax.
The 24th Virginia Infantry Regiment was formed in 1987 by a trio of living history enthusiasts – Mike Butler and Mike Moore of Galax and Donald Trausneck of Woodlawn – as an outgrowth of the Carroll-Wythe-Grayson Civil War Round Table. Their first official event was the 125th anniversary Battle of Shiloh.
Members voted at their latest annual meeting to retain all the same officers for the coming year. Field officers are Butler as captain and David Gilmer as sergeant. Corporate officers are Paul Huffman of Roanoke, president; Rich Sperrazza of Bedford, vice president; Betty Butler of Galax, secretary; Gilmer, treasurer; and Jordan Huffman of Roanoke, quartermaster. Trausneck serves as regimental chaplain.