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Overnight 27-mile hike to honor battle dead

Officials at Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park in West Virginia are looking for a few hardy souls to follow in the footsteps of Confederate Gen. John Echoes and his brigade as they marched up a mountainside and through the night of Nov. 5 and 6, 1863. On Nov. 6, they fought in the Battle of Droop Mountain.

The hike is scheduled for the actual anniversary dates. Hikers will gather at noon at the park and then be shuttled to Lewisburg where they will begin walking.

At the battlefield on Nov. 6, a plaque unveiling and memorial service for the 68 men who died there is planned for 2 p.m.

In information provided by the park, the hike is described as “extremely rigorous” and participants are asked to obtain a doctor’s statement that affirms they are physically fit to make the hike. As to weather, hikers are advised that it “could easily be quite miserable.”

Park Superintendent Michael Smith said the hike will end back at the park and should take about 13 hours. He said this is the fourth and last hike of the anniversary year. At the earlier events, he said some of the participants were descendants of the men who fought in the battle.

Smith said the hike is limited to 15 and he has that many signed up but will take more names in case someone drops out.


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