MIDDLE CREEK – Battle of Middle Creek reenactments will begin Friday in Floyd County.
The reenactments will start with a school day for children from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday. Battles are slated for 2 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.
Friends of Middle Creek conducted a ride earlier in the month. Given that many of the families who sheltered General Morgan during his Civil War visits to Prestonsburg attended and continue to attend the congregation of First Methodist Church (then Methodist Episcopal, South), the Friends of Middle Creek’s ride on Sept. 3 began there with Rev. Jerri Smith blessing the horse, rider Johnny Ison and the ride.
During the ride, Johnny’s actual wife, Regina Ison, played Mrs. Morgan. General Morgan visited Wright’s Barber Shop and headed for the site of his last recorded visit to Prestonsburg, the Garfield house, where he had been given a glass of water while he rested on the home’s porch on his way back to Virginia after the disastrous Second Battle of Cynthiana in 1864.
There was then a visit with friends, Dr. and Mrs. Garland Godsey.
Following the visit with the Godseys, the group visit Mayor Les Stapleton and the firemen at City Hall, thanking them for their assistance in making the Friends of Middle Creek’s activities of community education possible. Friends of Middle Creek member Floyd Davis also arranged a surprise visit from General Morgan to Dorothy Wells.
General and Mrs. Morgan head back to the streets of Prestonsburg every September to announce the return of the Middle Creek reenactment at the Middle Creek National Battlefield and to invite everyone to attend the landmark event, which Eastern Kentucky’s history.
Members of the Friends of Middle Creek continue to share the history of the battle with children and others.
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.