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Civil War re-enactment unit at Tomlinson Run State Park

July 19, 2012
The Herald-Star

The 27th Virginia, a Civil War re-enactment unit, will be camping Friday and Saturday at Tomlinson Run State Park in New Manchester.

The living historians will be camping and living as their Civil War soldier counterparts would have done in the field in order to show what life was like for a Civil War soldier.

The public is invited to visit and talk with the living historians and see their encampments and equipment.

The group also will be holding drills and firing demonstrations, which the public is invited to watch.

In addition, a sutler's tent will be on display. Sutlers are merchants selling period wares.

The living history group was formed by James Powell of Weirton and is commanded by Jeff Wormley.

The family-oriented group does between eight and 12 events a year throughout the Tri-State area and Virginia. The group encourages anyone interested in becoming a living historian to visit and ask questions.

The group portrays the famous Shriver Greys of 1861.

The 27th was originally from Wheeling, formed and commanded by Wheeling businessman Daniel Shriver.

When the Shriver Greys reached Harpers Ferry, Va., in 1861, they were assigned to the 27th regiment as Company G. They were part of the famous "Stonewall Brigade" commanded by Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson.

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