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Staunton River Battlefield State Park Hosting Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the Battle of Staunton River Bridge

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Randolph, VA-- A state park on the Southside is getting ready for a full weekend of events and lots of visitors.

Staunton River Battlefield State Park in Randolph is gearing up for the sesquicentennial commemoration of the Battle of Staunton River Bridge. 

This weekend the park will step back in time, all the way to 1864 during the American Civil War.

The park is the site of the Battle of Staunton River Bridge, when less than 500 Confederate soldiers and 492 young boys and old men, defended the Staunton River Bridge. It was all to stop the Union cavalry from destroying a vital railroad. It's the only Civil War battle fought in Halifax County and locals want to commemorate that.

On Saturday  more than 300 re enactors will bring that battle back to life again at the battlefield. The park is also presenting military service awards, and throughout the day visitors can see living history demonstrations on various aspects of Civil War life. In the evening, they're having a Civil War music program followed by night cannon demonstrations 

"What we try to show people is a little more of the reality of it, and try to keep that historical accuracy alive," said Paul Smith, the event coordinator. 

The commemoration continues  Sunday with scripted demonstrations of the battle.

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