Guyandotte, West Virginia is just around the corner from their annual Civil War Days. This year, 2010, marks the 21st anniversary of the battle re-enactment. The event has drawn crowds from around the tri-state area and will hopefully continue to do so. This year’s activities will begin on November 5th and continue through November 7th. Along with many other events at the re-enactment this year, there will also be three keynote speakers who will entertain and inform visitors.
The first speaker to mention would be the one portraying General Robert E. Lee. The defeated general is played by Al Stone, a member of Lee’s Lieutenants. Al Stone, as well as the other members of Lee’s Lieutenants, is what may be called a professional re-enactor. This group has participated in countless re-enactments on battlefields as large as Gettysburg, but also the small battles like Guyandotte, WV. Stone is also considered to be very knowledgeable on information for both General Lee and other aspects of American history. With experience like that, Al Stone is sure to add to the atmosphere during Civil War Days.
Another speaker who will be at the event is H.K. Edgerton. He is the president of Southern Heritage 411 Inc. This corporation was founded in order to dispel myths about the south. Edgerton’s goal seems to be to inform people of how the African American community supported the south, both on the front lines and at home on the plantation. The vital role of black America is conveniently overlooked by many when thinking about the Civil War. Edgerton will educate visitors on how black America supported the South and the Southern cause.
The third speaker will be Stan Clardy. His website claims he is “A Voice to Love”. Clardy has many different talents hidden up his sleeve. He is a musician who creates modern and other types of music. He is a writer and playwright with multiple books and plays as well as an actor and storyteller. Clardy will have a show for the kids on Saturday November 6th at 2 p.m.
So remember to head down to the Guyandotte Civil War Days. Besides these speakers, the events will include battles, antique civil war memorabilia, camp sites for viewing, and other attractions. It will be an educational and historical event to remind all Americans of some of the blood shed to keep America one nation instead of two.