This past weekend was the Kinzua Heritage Arts & Music Festival , an annual event held at 4047 Fox Hill Road in Russell, Pennsylvania. The festival is held on the fourth weekend in August, Friday through Sunday, each year. My husband and I attended this year’s festival all three days. One or more blog posts will provide details and photographs of each day at the festival. I have over 600 photographs to sort through, edit and upload. It will be some time before I am ready to share blog post(s) about the festival itself. Today’s blog post is about a preservation march, made cross country, to the festival grounds.
A friend of ours, Bob Grant Jr., is a member of the 23rd Virginia Infantry companies A-K. Bob invited my husband and me to Norberg Hill the evening of August 26 (Friday), to photograph his unit’s drills. Eight men were expected; only Bob and one other man were present. Drills did not happen; however, I did take a couple photographs of the two men, waiting for the arrival of rest of their unit.
On Saturday, August 27, four men representing the 23rd Virginia Infantry companies A-K made a Preservation March cross country, through the woods, from Norberg Hill to the Kinzua Heritage Festival grounds on Fox Hill. This map shows the general location of Norberg Hill (1301-1657 Norberg Road) and the location of 4047 Foxhill Road. The blue line shows the route via car. Obviously I can’t draw the exact cross country route. The gray line, though, represents where the Preservation March may have taken place.
A Preservation March is made in order to raise money for battlefield preservation. For Saturday’s Preservation March, money was received from individual contributors. Half of the monies raised will go to Trevilian Station Battlefield in Louisa Co., Virginia. It is believed that the remaining monies will benefit disabled veterans.
Preservation March participants included Bob Grant, Jr.; his brother, Dave Grant; Ike Borland, and Addison Speer. Zo Speer did not participate in the march. He was the first “Confederate soldier” to arrive on the festival grounds to ready the camp.
Great job men!
If you are interested in learning more about the 23rd Regiment of Infantry Virginia companies A-K, you may do so by clicking here.