Civil War Re-enactors Stage Battle in Elizabeth

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Cannon fire erupted in Elizabeth Sunday afternoon as a Civil War Re-enactment battle was staged at Roberts Field off of Route 5.

Hundreds of Wirt County residents watched re-enactors portray Union and Confederate soldiers exchanging gunfire.

The battle was sponsored by "The Daughters of American Pioneers" as a way to commemorate the American Civil War's 150th anniversary.

Sunday's skirmish did not have any historical significance, yet some of the weaponry featured were complete originals.

"The tube is the original tube. It was first fired in 1837," said Verna Owens of St. Marys when speaking of one of the two cannons used in Sunday's re-enactment.

The Confederate soldiers consisted of the 19th Virginia Cavalry and the 17th Virginia Dismounted Cavalry.

They won Sunday's battle, treating the crowd to an execution-style shooting of the last Union soldier standing.