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25th Annual "Forrest's First"
May 17-19, 2019


Once again, the McLean County Fiscal Court and the City of Sacramento are pleased to co-sponsor The Battle of Sacramento. This battle commemorates the original battle of December 28, 1861. This year's reenactment will be held May 17, 18, & 20, 2019 on the original site near Garst's Pond where Nathan B. Forrest first engaged Crittenden's Army of the Ohio.

Your willingness to participate in the 25th Annual "Forrest's First" at the Battle of Sacramento compliments this historical moment in McLean County's civil war heritage. THANK YOU! Our goal is to remember that it is YOU, the reenactors, that make this event what it is and we want to make sure that you will make it a point to include Sacramento on your 2018 schedule. It is the intent of the Battle of Sacramento Committee and the residents of McLean County to make each re-enactor feel welcome to contact any of the committee members if you have any questions of need further assistance.

PLEASE NOTE - The advance registration fee is $15 for all (reenactors participants) who submit their registration form with payment postmarked April 17, 2019 and it will be $20 for all those submitted after April 17, 2019, including those registering on site. The city and fiscal court officially purchased the Sacramento Battle site on April 20, 2011, all event proceeds and donations go towards promoting the battle and historic preservation.

All reenactors, including those who pre-registered, must check in upon arrival at the registration tent to receive their pass for the Saturday evening meal, camp location and event information. Please remember that the availability of all amenities such as food, hay, straw, firewood and gunpowder is based upon pre-registering by April 18th. The field commanders will issue gunpowder to the company commanders on Saturday morning during Officers Call for those who pre-registered. If you plan to arrive before Friday, May 17th, please contact the Battle Committee in advance, so that we can make arrangements to assist you.

Before each reenactment, we dedicate the battlefield in honor of each person who wore the uniform of self-sacrifice. After the sound of thundering hooves has been silenced and the smell of gunpowder still lingers over the crowd, we pause to better understand the truth in "United We Stand, Divided We Fall."

We sincerely hope that you will come and join us this year to make this a memorable weekend for the reenactors and the spectators who come to watch. You are truly our guest and we appreciate the time you take out of your busy schedule to share this time of remembering with us.

Click here for military rules, registration form, event schedule and map. Reminder, after the event, reenactors are asked to complete an exit survey.

The Battle of Sacramento Committee


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All horses and mules must have a negative Coggins Certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian within the past year. Please note that out of state animals must have a valid health certificate. Officers with the KY Dept. of Agriculture will be at the site and shall not allow animals to be unloaded without these documents. No exceptions will be permitted so, please check your animal's papers now. Click to view Military Rules
The reenactment of the Battle of Sacramento affords each of us the personal opportunity to experience the price as well as the pain of freedom. Before each reenactment, we dedicate the battlefield in honor of each person who wore the uniform of self-sacrifice. After the sound of thundering hoofs has been silenced and while the smell of gun powder yet hangs over the crowd, we pause to better understand the truth in, "United we stand, divided we fall". On Sunday morning the community holds a graveside service by Mollie Moorehead's grave and a few stones away lies a fallen Union soldier. This is a truly moving and must-see experience.

This event will likely become one of your most memorable, just ask a fellow reenactor who has experienced the Battle of Sacramento. You are truly our guest and we sincerely appreciate you dedicating your time and sharing your heritage with us.