Battle of Eddyville brought to life by re-enactors

(AP Photo/Alice Keeney)

(AP Photo/Alice Keeney)

EDDYVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- For the first time in five years, re-enactors have gathered in western Kentucky to recreate the Civil War's Battle of Eddyville.

The Paducah Sun reports the encampment over the weekend included cannons booming, rifles firing and bayonets glinting. Lake Barkley Tourism Commission director Beau Choate said the re-enactment was brought back because it makes history tangible. Choate says organizers hope to make it an annual event again.

On Sunday, Tennessee Valley Battalion re-enactors helped recreate the Battle of Eddyville, which is the last known skirmish between Union and Confederate soldiers in Kentucky.

Robert Ward, a colonel with the Tennessee Valley Battalion, said re-enactors help portray a vivid historical picture and keep the legacy of the war pertinent.

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