I've posted this event before in 2011, but it's high time to post it again here in the new year. For those of you who attended the Hodge March, this event is in spirit the same event, and uses the same ground, plus some. If you've been, you know what it's like, if you haven't been, you owe it to yourself to get there!
Battle of Unison 150th Anniversary, Unison, VA October 26-28th 2012
What: Portrayal of the battle that took place in early November 1862 as the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia began their movement toward Fredericksburg. The battle featured cavalry, artillery and Federal infantry and was a running fight that took place over roughly 20 miles of Loudon County.
For the infantry the event will feature a march of roughly 12 miles, along 100% of the original route, with skirmishing at the original locations. For Federal cavalry the march will be approximately 20 miles, again with skirmishing along the way in the same locations that the battle was fought 150 years ago. For those of you who participated in the Hodge preservation march back in the early 2000's, this is the same ground. There are also roles for a limited number of authentic civilians.
When: October 26-28th, 2012
Where: Unison, VA (Loudon County, near Middleburg)
Who: Hosted by the 1st Maine Cavalry, the Valley Light Horse, 1st Maryland, and the Unison Preservation Society
Preservation Component: All proceeds from the event after expenses will be donated to the Unison Preservation Society for the preservation, maintenance and acquisition of original battlefield land.
Communication: The event will have a website up in the next few weeks. The event also currently has a Facebook page, under 150th Anniversary of Unison.
Standards: Detailed standards will be posted, and those standards will be strictly enforced.
General Info: This event will be a semi-immersion event. The community of Unison is nearly pristine, but there are modern power lines and cars do come by occasionally. The march will occour on dirt roads, and cross country, but there is one half mile stretch of pavement. The community of Unison will be hosting their 150th celebration of the battle, and we will put on a skirmish for the townspeople on Saturday mid day, otherwise this is a non-spectator event. This event is a serious marching event, and is not for the first time campaigner, or those who are out of shape. The temperatures will be cold at night, and there is a very real potential for adverse weather, but due to the nature of this event, it will go on rain or shine, so be prepared, and bring your "A" game.
1st Maine Cavalry