Bryans Battery, Incorporated, a Hillsboro area, nonprofit, Civil War reenactment organization and the Greenbrier State Forest will co-sponsor the annual “Battle of Dry Creek” Civil War reenactment at the Greenbrier State Forest near White Sulphur Springs on the weekend of Aug. 15 and 16.
On Saturday afternoon, there will be a Civil War skirmish at 1:30, a live cannon target competition at 2:30, and a cavalry exhibition at 3:30. A Civil War Military Ball featuring the Tower Street String Band is scheduled for Saturday evening at 6:30, followed by a night firing of the artillery soon after dark.
On Sunday morning at 10 a.m., a Civil War period worship service will be held. At 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, the reenactment of the Battle of Dry Creek, also known as the Battle of White Sulphur Springs, will be held featuring Infantry, Artillery and Cavalry units from around the area.
Civil War soldier camps will be open to the public on both days. All activities during the two day event are free to the general public.
The original battle was fought in August of 1863 near the present day location of the Food Lion store at the intersection of Route 92 and Route 60 in White Sulphur Springs. It was the first major battle won by the Confederates following their loss at Gettysburg. For further details on the battle and its importance, you may read the 2011 book The Battle of White Sulphur Springs by Eric J. Wittenberg.