POMEROY — While many of the students arrived in a sports car or limousine for the Meigs High School prom, Allyson Davis came riding in on a horse attired head to toe in full Civil War costuming.
The horse, owned by Karen Cleland, was led in by Allyson’s escort, Taylor Gilkey, also in Civil War regalia.
The attire of the couple might suggest that they knew that this year marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Buffington Island where the cavalry of Confederate General John Hunt Morgan suffered defeat in a fierce battle with Union troops as they attempted to cross the Ohio River to get into more friendly territory.
Hundreds of Confederate and Union troops died in that battle which was the only significant Civil War encounter to occur on Ohio soil.
A commemoration of that event is being planned by the Ohio Historical Society in cooperation with local historical groups to take place Friday through Sunday, July 19-21, at Portland. Reenactors will be arriving at the site and setting up camp in the vicinity of the Buffington Island Memorial Park for the weekend.
Features of Saturday’s scheduled events will be a memorial to all those who died in that battle. Battle reenactments, a living history performance, dispays of Civil War artifacts, and tours over the Heritage Trail which marks Margan’s march through Meigs County, will be features of the weekend.
Another highlight will be a Civil War ball to take place under a big tent on the Chester Commons.
Perhaps it is too much to expect that Allyson in her beautiful Civil War costume will come riding in on a horse.