War Reenactment Service
Civil War Reenactment Service
Each year during the Battle of Richmond reenactment weekend (usually the last full weekend of August), Mt. Zion has a Civil War-era Reenactment Service. These services have included reenactors portraying John Fee, founder of Berea College (below, left); Frederick Douglass top, right); an itinerant musician and his melodeon; a Union Chaplain; President Abraham and First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln (bottom, right); Rev. Phillip Fall and Elder Absalom Adams; and early Disciples preacher Raccoon John Smith. Church members get in the spirit and many arrive in costume for the day's activities.
For more information about reenactment weekend, visit The Battle of Richmond Association Website.
Mt. Zion and the Battle of Richmond, Kentucky
The Mt. Zion Church building was dedicated in 1852 and was located on the Old State Road, then the most important North-South connection in Kentucky. In August 1862, the Civil War Battle of Richmond, KY, literally began in the church yard. During and after the battle, the building served as a hospital for both northern and southern casualties. As the red cross serves as a marker today, a yellow flag flew over the building, protecting it and the people inside from attack. The men of the church buried the dead, carried water, assisted in surgery, and helped in any way they could, while knowing that their fences were being burned and their livestock taken by the passing armies. The women provided food and nursing care and wrote letters to let the soldiers' families know what had happened to them. Eventually the church families took the wounded soldiers into their homes where it was easier to care for them, and kept them until they were able to travel, sometimes for months.