By Linda Emley
I’ll be sharing more Civil War stories over the next 13 months as we count down to the 2014 Battle of Albany re-enactment. But this is a story about some of of the people that are working hard to make this event happen.
This first picture was taken at our kickoff party Aug. 13. It was a big night because an agreement was signed by the Ray County Fair Board and the Ray County Historical Society to use the fairgrounds for the re-enactment.
The fairgrounds is owned by Ray County, but it’s leased to the fair board so we want to thank them for allowing us to use the facility.
Pictured below (top photo) are Allen Dale, Ray County Eastern Commissioner; Joel Richardson, president of the fair board; David Blyth, president of the historical society and Robbie Maupin, the society’s re-enactment advisor for the event.
I took this picture because I’m one of those people who is always working behind the scene.
David, Robbie and I have spent the last 21 months planning the October 2014 weekend of reenactment events. Many people have joined in and are helping, but we are the “three musketeers” that have been planning this from day one.
David has invested many hours in meetings and paperwork to help make this happen. He has a personal connection because it was on the Blyth family farm where Capt. William “Bloody Bill” Anderson spent his last night.
Robbie was the manager of the Battle of Lexington reenactment last year, so his experience is a great asset to us. He also has a personal connection to the Battle of Albany because there were Maupins men who rode with Anderson and he recently found out he is also related to Mary Rowland.
She was the Union mother who rode to Richmond and told Major Cox where Anderson was camped.
I didn’t have any family member in Albany Oct. 27, 1864, but I understand why it is important to tell this story. So like this picture, I’m just the person standing in the middle trying to hold everything together.
The picture sums it all up. David is smiling because he knows we are going to make this event a success. I’m trying to smile but it’s hard because I can see the long days of work ahead. And finally we have Robbie, who is the only one that really knows how hard it’s going to be to pull it all together.
We are going to make the Battle of Albany one of the biggest events in Ray County history and we need everyone to help make it happen. We need donations and we need people who understand why the battle near present-day Orrick was so important.
The death of Capt. Anderson affected the out come of the Civil War because the Partisan Rangers were never the same after losing their leader. Please join us as we make history in 2014.
If you’d like to be involved in the event or make a donation, contact Linda at rayc...@aol.com.