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Sunday, May 23, 2004

140th Anniversary of the Action at Wilson's Wharf


Please forward this press release to your network of re-enactors. This is a call for USCT re-enactors to make a special effort for broad participation in this event (Sunday May 23rd, 2004), to honor the 140th Anniversary of the Action at Wilson's Wharf, May 24th,1864. .

note: I have made arrangements for Jimi Lyons (award winning film maker), Supervisor of Cable Television Operations of Prince George's Community College, Largo, MD to make a video record of this event and the USCT FFF Civil War Weekend tour for a Documentary.



Here is the press release - sorry the formatting will be off. Will send the
posters later by mail. Please note that the guest speaker at this year's event
will be Dr. E. Curtis Alexander, who will be bringing a group of descendants
of the USCTs. We are inviting all descendants of the men who fought at Ft.
Pocahontas and with the USCTs and other units to attend this 140th Anniversary
the Action at Wilson's Wharf.

.Kay Tyler(804) 358-6248


October 3, 2003

Contact: Harrison R. Tyler (804) 935-2106
Joe Funk (804) 829-9722


On Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23, 2004 Fort Pocahontas at Wilson's
Wharf, will come alive through Civil War living history, civilian presentations,

guided fort tours, construction of an embrasure on the period gun platform and
two battle reenactments.

This event will mark the 140th year since the historic Action at Wilson's
Wharf took place, May 24, 1864. Located between Richmond and Williamsburg in
Charles City, Virginia, the fort will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. each
History will be relived by over 300 reenactors from all over the eastern half
of the country portraying Union and Confederate Infantry, Cavalry, US and CS
Navy and Artillery.

The battle on Sunday will recreate the victory of the United States Colored
Troops (USCTs) and their white officers against the Confederate cavalry.

A variety of sutlers will sell period clothing and other general merchandise
related to the Civil War throughout the weekend. Special activities on
Saturday, May 22 will feature a cavalry battle reenactment at 1 p.m. followed by
lecture and book signing by Dr. E. Curtis Alexander, author of Afro-Virginian
Union Army and Navy Patriots from Lower Tidewater 1862-1866 and the Curator of
the Bells Mill Historical Research and Restoration Society. An invitation is
extended to all descendants of the Civil War soldiers who fought at Wilson's
Wharf for a reunion.

Evening entertainment will follow a dinner for the reenactors on the banks of
the James River and artillery night fire at 9:00 p.m. from a full battery of
Civil War artillery. On Sunday, May 23, the Action at Fort Pocahontas
reenactment will be held at 1 p.m, which was the first successful defense of the

United States Colored Troops (USCTs). Mitch Bowman, Executive Director of
Virginia's Civil War Trails will narrate the Saturday and Sunday battles.
throughout both days will include tactical demonstrations, civilian camp
demonstrations, cooking, period clothing demonstrations, church services,
sutlers and
guided tours through the fort by first person character presenters, such as
Robert E. Lee.During the previous May 2003 event, an artillery platform was
completed on the east bastion where most of the 1864 battle took place. New in
2004 will be the creation of an embrasure on the gun platform built in 2003.
Rebuilding the bastion was a means of preserving the site for historical
accuracy. In addition, a corps of volunteers constructed a 20-foot tower for
demonstrations and training purposes in May 2002, which will be accessible again
year. The restored Delk/Binford House, which serves as a museum and site for
private functions, will exhibit artifacts uncovered by archaeological
excavations from The College of William and Mary.

The 1864 earthen fort was built and manned by hundreds of United States
Colored Troops (USCTs) under the direct command of Brigadier-General Edward
Augustus Wild. A victory resulted for the USCTs against the Confederate attack
Major General Fitzhugh Lee, Robert E. Lee's nephew and the 2,000 cavalrymen he
led. Fort Pocahontas is located on the north bankof the James River at Kennon's

Creek in Charles City County, Virginia, about 18 miles west of Williamsburg
and three miles east of Sherwood Forest Plantation, the home of President John
Tyler.Harrison Ruffin Tyler, grandson of President John Tyler, purchased the
well-preserved earthen fort site in 1996 known as Wilson's Wharf. Virtually
untouched for over 130 years, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources
observes Fort Pocahontas as "one of the best preserved fort sites."The admission
for each day is $10 per adult and $8 per student. Discounts are available for
individuals attending reenactments both days and for groups of 10 or more
with advance reservation. Tickets will be sold at the Fort Pocahontas entrance
gate, located off Route 5, on Rt. 614. Visitors are advised to wear comfortable

clothing and sturdy walking shoes. All proceeds from this event will continue
preservation efforts of Fort Pocahontas, a non-profit organization. For more
information and tickets, please call (804) 829-9722 or visit the web site at

www.fortpocahontas.orgor email

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