"Recall LaGrange", the Civil War Re-enactment and commemoration that was a popular event over many years will this year again be presented. Louise Linville, spokesperson for the LaGrange Living Historical Association, said that the two-day event is scheduled for May 4-5 at LaGrange College Site Park, located off Ala. Hwy. 157 at the White Oak Community near Leighton.
"Friday, May 4, is School Day, with educational activities especially geared for students. Teachers and educators are invited to schedule field trips on this day, when re-enactors will display encampments and make other presentations of life during the War," she stated. "The general public will enjoy attending events on Friday evening when "The Singing Senator, Bobby Denton will perform at 6:30 p.m. (until) and on Saturday, May 5, when activities include daily life encampment, firing of Civil War firearms, wagon rides to the historic LaGrange Cemetery, a Civil War drama, food vendors and crafts for sale." A Civil War skirmish by re-enactors, representing both Confederate and Federal troops, will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, only. Musical entertainment will also be presented by the Shoals Dulcimer Association and Clear Creek Bluegrass Gospel Music. Admission to all events is free.
Susann Hamlin, Executive Director of the Colbert County Tourism and Convention Bureau expressed pleasure that the event was being offered again. "Recall LaGrange has brought much attention to the rich Civil War history of our region," she said. "We find that many people today travel to visit Civil War sites." Linville added that "LaGrange Mountain was the site of Alabama's first college, chartered in 1830. LaGrange College and Military Institute, was known as the 'West Point of the South'." For this reason it was targeted for destruction by "The Destroying Angels" (Federal troops under Col. Florence Cornyn) who burned it to the ground in a night of terror. The village of LaGrange was completely destroyed as well. "These are the events that are the reason behind the seventeenth annual 'Recall LaGrange,'" Linville said.
The event is sponsored by the LaGrange Living Historical Association and the re-enactors of the 27th Alabama Infantry Regiment. LaGrange College Site Park off Ala. Hwy. 157, approximately 8 miles southeast of Muscle Shoals and about 4 miles south of Leighton. A sign marks the turn to LaGrange Mountain. For more information, call 256-446-4008.