Civil War re-enactors gather for Battle of Aiken
AIKEN — Re-enactors portraying troops from the north and the south are helping to recreate the Battle of Aiken in South Carolina.
The event begins Saturday and continues on Sunday. It annually draws about 15,000 to the battleground outside of Aiken, and in addition to the battle, there are military encampments and reproductions of Civil War-era medical facilities.
The event recalls the 1865 battle when Confederates under Gen. Joseph Wheeler turned back a detachment of Gen. William Sherman’s federal troops under Brig. Gen. Hugh Judson Kilpatrick.
Kilpatrick’s troops tried to take Aiken but were forced to retreat and the city was not again threatened.