Bulltown Day I, 2011

October 10, 2011 - 8 Comments

by Jim Barnes

This just in. Correspondent Bill Donegan reports on the fighting between Union and Confederate troops in the area of Bulltown in the new state of West Virginia:

Bulltown, West Virginia, Saturday October 9, 2011
The Federals win big at the tactical.
Kevin Scaggs said after the tactical Sat., “The confederates were completely confused and didn’t know what to do. They detached six men from their line to go after two federals who had out-flanked their left, and they sent six more to look for federals to their right (where there was no one!)”
I was left behind with another private to guard the federal rear and the federal right flank Sat. while the main body of federals probed the confederate lines at Bulltown.  We could hear the battle unfolding to our left as we kept watch on our rear and the right flank.  We had decided after a considerable spell, to advance along with the rest of the federals.
Myself and a new recruit, advanced through heavily wooded terrain.  From our position we could still guard the rear and our right flank.  I went on ahead of the other private, about 30 yards or so. I could see the confederate column to my left. If I’d had a Henry repeater I could have picked them all by myself, but I decided not to fire and give away my position.  Instead I worked my way back to the Federal main body and reported the confederate position to the first private I met.  He and I decided to work our way around the confederates and to get behind them.  When we had done this we open fire on them.  They were so surprised that they scattered.  They could not retreat so they went on towards the main federal body, which wiped them out. We were then captured while reloading by one of the confederates who had been detached from his main body.  He thought that he was marching us towards captivity when he realized that the confederate battalion had been killed, wounded or captured.
Three cheers for the men in blue,  hip, hip, huzzah!
Bill Donegan

Comments (8)


October 10th, 2011 at 11:12 am    

first of all the tactical saturday at bulltown the 2nd company of virginia whiped the federals. the surrendered to us after we made an advance on the hill to push them back to the fort. we took two federals prisoner during the tactical,and after we pressed on the hill and after the federals surrendered to the 2nd virginia we yelled three hip,hip virginias,

Bill Donegan

October 10th, 2011 at 2:43 pm    

Wait a minute, wait just a dullgun minute. You all know that just me and pvt. Jessie Kallel of the First West Virginia whooped you all on Saturday!(with the help of our friends!)Pvt, Jed Bates out flanked you all on the other side of us.

Me and Kallel got plum behind you all after out flankin’ you, and had picked some of you off before we was caught!

You was a walkin’ us back to yer lines when you saw that the fit was over and you all lost. Now come on youngins admit it, we whupped up on you. Ifin you don’t believe it just ask Kevin Skaggs he’ll tell ya.


October 10th, 2011 at 9:53 pm    

yes u sent men from behind us and we sent men behind to take them prisoner or pick them off,but the thing is we had a great time,and i dont want no quirel with ya, because we might end ip on the same side and one thing that made it even better there was respectful people from both north and south and it was great reenactin with u guys,hope to see u at the next one

Bill Donegan

October 11th, 2011 at 3:51 am    

Yes Lane this banter is just all in fun- tyring to spice up the post with some controversy. Heck it’s just too quiet on here sometimes. I did have a great time. Don’t know how many I have left in me. Am going to be 63 next month.

Bill (Yank) Donegan


October 17th, 2011 at 10:43 am    

yes it is very quiet on here sometimes,and i will be 16 month,and maybe we can meet up at one of the other reenactments here in wv cause i dont do outta states anymore,and u wouldnt happen to know anybody who has any extra gear do ya?


October 23rd, 2011 at 1:45 am    

u wouldnt happen to know anybody who has any extra gear or anythang would ya?

Jim Barnes

October 31st, 2011 at 8:04 pm    

I will check around. I have some uniform pieces but that is all.


March 12th, 2012 at 3:16 pm    

what kinda uniform pieces,cause i have been lookin for a while

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