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Posted: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 10:16 am

The 15th Company E Dale County Beauregards are proud to host the 12th annual Battle of Newton, which is scheduled for the weekend of Oct. 20-21 at John Hutto Park.

Each year the battle commemorates a small engagement that took place late in the Civil War at the sight of the old Newton courthouse.

“The battle actually took place in March of 1865. It was home-guard action,” said Daniel Larson, vice chairman of the Battle of Newton Committee. “The Yankees came through and these men were defending their homes.”

Larson said it was mostly older men and younger boys who fought in the original battle between Union forces and the people of Newton.

Festivities will begin at 9 a.m. each day and last until 6 p.m., with reenactment battles taking place both days at 1:30 p.m.

Larson said the committee would be doing things a little different this year.

“We’re going to have a couple of ladies from the United Daughters of the Confederacy hosting a story time for the children,” He said. “The infantry will also get out and drill during the day to give the people a chance to see some of the linear tactics.”

Larson said people are welcome to visit the enactment camps up until 30 minutes prior to each battle, and following Saturday’s battle the Tallassee Armory String Band will be performing live music.

The ladies of the 15th Alabama Company E will be hosting a Ladies Tea at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday as well, and a church service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., on Sunday.

This year’s battle is sponsored by the Edwin Winchester Rucker Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Newton Home Guard, Rucker Belles and Beaux, Chapter 968 Children of the Confederacy, Newton Ruritam Club, Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 911County Rangers and the town of Newton. 

“It’s not a North thing. It’s not a South thing. It’s an American thing,” Larson said. “You have to have some semblance of your roots, and you need to have pride in that.”

Larson called the Civil War one of the most defining moments in our nation’s history and said public schools all to often skim over the history of it.

“You had a country that was less than a hundred years old that went through four bloody years of conflict to see which direction our country was going to go in,” Larson said. “No matter what side you believe was right, you can’t deny that it was a mitigating factor in things that go on today in our government and our treatment of one another.”

Larson said every American veteran, not matter what war they fought in, deserves to be honored.

“It takes a lot of courage to stand up and fight for what you believe in,” he said. “Whether it’s popular 150 years later or not.”

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