Civil War history re-encacted

Anniversary of Belle Boyd's birthday to be commemorated

Anniversary of Belle Boyd's birthday to be commemorated

May 13, 2004|by KATE COLEMAN

Music and dress of the Civil War era will set the mood for a birthday party Saturday, May 15, at the headquarters of the Berkeley County Historical Society in Martinsburg, W.Va.

The day will commemorate the 161st anniversary of Belle Boyd's birth.

The Confederate spy will be there courtesy of re-enactor Tricia Strader. As he's been doing for several years, Don Wood, president of Berkeley County Historical Society, will portray Belle's father, Ben Boyd.

There will be three re-enactments of Belle Boyd's July 4, 1861, shooting of the Union soldier who led the raid on the Boyd home.


The event actually took place at the corner of the city's South Queen and South streets, Wood said. That house has not been standing since 1880, he added.

The Boyds lived at the Race Street house from 1853 to 1858, Wood said.

On Saturday, re-enactors Bill Vitelli and Rick Garland will present "O' Be Joyfull," a Civil War show with a singalong from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

"Professor Bellow" - Bob Bassford - will sing and play songs of the period on banjo and guitar from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Re-enactors from Berkeley Guards Camp 199, Sons of the Confederate Veterans and Abraham Lincoln GAR Post 1, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, also will attend.

Two new exhibits will premiere during the celebration. One tells the story of Martinsburg's industries.

Baseball Hall of Famer Hack Wilson memorabilia will be on display. Collector Mike Miller will be on hand to answer questions.

Reproductions of Civil War passes will be given out at the door, and since it's a birthday party, there will be cake.

Ifyou go...

Belle Boyd's Birthday Party10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 15

Belle Boyd House

126 E. Race St.

Martinsburg, W.Va.


For information, call 1-304-267-4713.

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