Annual Memorial Day Services and Civil War Living History Program

Title: Annual Memorial Day Services and Civil War Living History Program
Location: Fort Duffield in West Point, Kentucky
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Description: Fort Duffield is Kentucky’s largest and best-preserved Civil War earthen fortification. This impregnable fortification was ordered built in the fall of 1861 by Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman to protect the supply base in West Point and the Union line of supply via the L & N Turnpike.

The 9th Michigan Reenacting Unit and Fort Duffield Camp #1, Department of Kentucky, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War host a unique Memorial Day Service at the Fort Duffield Memorial Cemetery dedicated to remembering the soldiers who died in West Point in 1861 and 1862 as well as all U.S. Veterans.

Memorial Day at Fort Duffield in West Point, Kentucky offers a moving Memorial Day program and a living history program that is an educational and entertaining experience for the whole family. Union and Confederate reenactors bring to life the history of one of Kentucky’s nearly forgotten Civil War treasurers and the daily life of the Civil War soldier. Spend the day or a couple of hours.

SCHEDULE:
Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2015
Annual Memorial Day Services and Civil War Living History Program
10:00 AM – Memorial Day Services
Fort Duffield Memorial Cemetery. Presented by Fort Duffield, Camp #1, Dept. of KY, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. The public is invited to attend our annual Memorial Day services held to honor the soldiers who died of hardship and disease in West Point and at Fort Duffield constructing the 1,000 foot long earthen fortification. Free. Bring a lawn chair for guaranteed seating. Shuttle service will be provided.
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Civil War Living History Program
Living History Program. Presented by the Fort Duffield Heritage Committee, 9th Michigan Vol. Infantry and Friends of Fort Duffield. Lean about the life of the Civil War soldier.

$5 per person; $15 per family (parents & children under 18). Shuttle service will be provided. Information: 502-922-4574. info@fortduffield.com.

Memorial Day Services – 10 AM
Living History Opening ceremonies 11 AM
Continuous presentations on weapons & uniforms
Infantry & Artillery Firings
Skirmishes 1 PM & 3 PM
Souvenirs
Food by BiteSize Catering
Fun for All Ages
All proceeds benefit the continuing restoration, maintenance and interpretation of Fort Duffield.

The entrance to Fort Duffield is on Dixie Highway (U.S. 31W) at Salt River Road just 7.5 miles south of the Gene Snyder Freeway (Hwy 841) and 9 miles north of the main entrance to Fort Knox.

Shuttle service is available for those unable to walk the 1/4 mile trail to the fort.

Take a virtual tour & learn about the history of Union Fort Duffield on line at fortduffield.com

For information or to arrange group tours, contact: Fort Duffield Heritage Committee (502) 922-4574 or info@fortduffield.com

Visit historic West Point, Kentucky on-line at www.westpoint.ky.gov

Connie Morris, Secretary
Fort Duffield Heritage Committee
City of West Point, Kentucky
H 502-922-4574
C 502-727-7584
Email: FortDuffield@twc.com
Web site: fortduffield.com

Start Time: 10:00 am
Date: 2015-05-25
End Time: 4:00 pm

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