By David Knopf/Richmond News
An Orrick native whose ancestors rode with Bloody Bill Anderson said his Battle of Albany reenactment would be staged in Richmond, where logistics are better suited than the original site.
Robbie Maupin and Ray County Museum Manager Linda Emley attended the May 21 Orrick City Council meeting to discuss details of “The Battle of Albany – 150 years later.” The reenactment and related events will be held Oct. 24-26, 2014 at Ray County Fairgrounds, Richmond Square, Anderson’s grave site at the edge of Pioneer Cemetery and, to a lesser extent, in Albany
“When we were looking for a location that would support that, the old fairgrounds in Richmond, where they had the old go-kart track near the museum, has everything that we’d need to do this,” Maupin said of electricity, as well as ample space for vendors, suttlers and encampments for Union and Confederate re-enactors. “That’s the main reason the event will not be here.”
Maupin, Emley and Ray County Historical Society President David Blyth have arranged for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to place an historical marker/information panel near the original battle site in Albany, the forerunner of Orrick.
“Not too many people even know that it took place or that it happened here,” Maupin said.