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Farmington commemorates 151st anniversary of battle

Reported by: Tyler Hill
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Updated: 10/12/2013 9:17 pm
FARMINGTON, Miss. (WTVA) - It's not one of America's bloodiest battles, but it's steep in Civil War history.

On Saturday, the Farmington Community hosted its sixth annual Civil War re-enactment of the Battle of Farmington, also known as "The Farmington Races," to commemorate the 151st anniversary.

The battle took place in May of 1862, shortly after the Battle of Shiloh when survivors of the Confederate Armies were being transported back to Corinth.

This year's event had over 150 civil war re-enactors battling on 160 acres in Farmington.

Organizers said they take deep pride in their event, mostly because it takes place on the same field the original battle was fought.

Many of the re-enactors dove deep into the Civil War culture by camping out all week and going barefoot.

"If I can peak the interest in an adult, or most especially a child, to learn more about our history, whether it be the Civil War or our American History in general, then I have done my job," said E.C. Fields Jr., who portrayed General Ulysses S. Grant.

Mayor of Farmington Dale Fortenberry said, unlike many re-enactments, their event is about the facts - not embellishments.

"They will only hear and see the real history of what happened at Farmington," Fortenberry said. "They won't see the 'Gone with the Wind' version of the Hollywood version. They'll see the real history."

The Battle of Farmington left 16 casualties for the Union Army and eight for the Confederate forces.
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