In  1864 the depleted, undernourished, and under supplied Army of Northern Virginia under Robert E. Lee  continued to fight desperately against a northern war machine now under the command of U.S. Grant that had an inexhaustible number of men and supplies, and one that was about to adopt a strategy of total war against the southern armies and population.

Devastating  battles at the Wilderness,  Spotsylvania and Yellow Tavern  in the spring, had further depleted the Southern  ranks of countless  brave soldiers and even more of its finest officers.

As General Lee began his movement towards the trenches of Petersburg, he decided to make one last ditch effort to go on the offensive and send a large portion of his remaining troops to protect Lynchburg from federals  under General David Hunter  and move north down the Shenandoah Valley.  But who to send? The list of remaining officers to command such an expedition was drastically reduced due to the high casualties, illness, and lack of sufficient rank that General Jubal Early was the defacto choice with the remnants of his

Early's men chased off Hunter and continued unopposed down the valley towards Winchester and ultimately Harpers ferry. Things were looking quite good for the overall strategy of possibly putting enough pressure on
Washington D.C. that Grant would have to release his stranglehold on Lee. Optimism began to fade though as General Phillip Sheridan and his infamous Army of the Shenandoah began to pursue Early.

Prior to the well known battle of Cedar Creek fortunes could have changed for the Confederacy. A series of skirmishes and battles in late August and early September set the stage for the last large open field
battle of the war in the eastern theater at Middletown Virginia.

JOIN US ON SEPTEMBER 6-7 AT BEAVER CREEK STATE PARK as we present the150th Anniversary of
The Battle of Opequon Creek Virginia.

The Opequon meanders between Winchester and Berryville just west of the Shenandoah River and Blue Ridge Mountains. Here in early September 1864 Sheridan's Army of the Shenandoah squared off with Early's corps of the Army of Northern Virginia. The resulting back and forth struggle influenced Early's strategy that ultimately led to a crushing defeat at Cedar Creek in October sealing the Confederacy's fate in the War Between the States.

Relive history 150 years later as  the lives and actions of soldiers and civilians are reenacted at the beautiful Beaver Creek State park which bears a great resemblance to its historic counterpart in Virginia. Observe up close and personal the  social, political, personal,  and military lives of those who lived in those devastating
times in our countries history.
Thanks to everyone who made the 2013 Civil War Reenactment at Beaver Creek a big success. We had over 1200 visitors during the weekend who enjoyed the sights and sounds of the areas premier living history event.

Our thanks also to Andy Donaldson who took some amazing pictures. CLICK HERE to view them. 

Details on the 2014 event will be posted soon.
The reenactors are looking forwarding to camping and fighting in the woods and by the river with weekend. Beaver Creek is the premier location in the region for authentic Civil War living history. The weather will be "perfect for reenecting" (as the saying goes when you wear a wool uniform). Mid 60s during the day and great sleeping weather in the 40s at night.
We have had over 1300 unique visitors to the Beaver  Creek Civil War event website since the first of May and over 1000 visitors to the Facebook page in the last 5 days. Thank you so much to everyone spreading
the word!! You can visit our Facebook page at
Don't forget that the annual Civil War event at Beaver Creek State Park is Memorial Day weekend. That is just a few short weeks away! Hope to see all of you there. Please pass along links below to family and friends as well.  Admission to the event is FREE to the public.
Thanks to so many of the area businesses who are signing on to support the Beaver Creek Civil War reenactment Memorial Day weekend with materials and services. Click here to check out a list of those already on board. If your business or organization want to help, please sent an email to Karen Russo.
Local bed and breakfast establishment The Sturgis House will provide accommodations during the Road To Gettysburg Civil War weekend at Beaver Creek State Park (May 25-26). The restored Victorian mansion has seen much of the area's history including a no-so pleasant stay by gangster "Pretty Boy" Floyd in 1934.

The Sturgis House is located at 122 West 5th Street in East Liverpool, Ohio. A limited number of rooms are available for the Memorial Day weekend of the Civil War reenactment. For price and availability, visit their website at or call 330-382-0194.
We have a limited number of spaces for sutlers still avavilable for the reenactment on May 25 and 26, 2013 at Beaver Creek. Sutlers will be in a nice cool location under the tall pine trees! Spaces are first come first serve and once we are full we will not be taking any more reservations. For more information, contact Karen Russo at
Registration is now open for Civil War reenactors to attend the Beaver Creek reenactment. To download the form, please click on the "Reenactors" page of this website. Don't forget to read the rules and also note the cutoff for registration is May 20th.

Beaver Creek is a well-established event here in Ohio and is one of the favorite event of many reenactors. Don't miss out on this year's event as we will be bringing many exciting new aspects into play.
It was a sunny day on March 30th for the final planning meeting with the event coordinators Karen Russo, Dave Coleman, and Jeff Wormley, military commanders Tim Perry and Chris Smith, as well as representatives from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Friends of Beaver Creek organization. Logistics and scheduling details were hammered out and the Commanders set forth the battle scenarios and historical reference for the event. Everyone is working hard to ensure a great Memorial Day weekend for both reenactors and the general public.