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Jones-Imboden Raid on Beverly Reenacted for 150th Anniversary

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BEVERLY -

On April 24, 1863 the town of Beverly was raided by Confederate Soldiers, and the Union was driven out.

Confederate General John Imboden led his troops into Beverly on Saturday just as he did 150 years ago. Phyllis Baxter with the Beverly Heritage Center said the battle was an important one for West Virginia.

"West Virginia would officially become a state as of June 20, so here West Virginia is becoming a new Union state, and the Confederates are challenging control of the territory. So it was a fairly significant raid, and this was Beverly's little part of it," Baxter said.

A reenactment of the battle happened on Saturday, and was followed by a traditional period dinner, and a Civil War Ball. Many of the visitors dressed in Civil War Era clothing to keep the reenactment genuine.

"The people that do volunteer and dress up try to keep it as authentic as possible. We made our dresses, and they're made according to the patterns of the day," said Judy Vangundy, of Elkins.

Different vendors were at the reenactment, offering things like photographs, woodwork, and period dresses.

The weather was perfect for the event, but it wasn't that way 150 years ago.

"When they crossed the mountains from Stanton, Virginia and came across Cheat Mountain, there was over a foot of snow, and they camped along the way of course. So you have to keep in mind what they had to go through just to get here at the time," said Terry Hackney, of Beverly.

On Sunday there will be a reenactment of the General William "Mudwall" Jackson raid on Beverly, plus a period church service.